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Refuse to Stay Silent: What can you do to take care of yourself?

July 22, 2016

Have you ever felt so strongly about something that it was impossible to stay silent?

Early in my career, I worked as an advocate. We were taught that passion motivates us to action and that having this conviction meant we must speak up. I even had a bumper sticker on my car that said,  "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."

But for many of us advocates, it seemed that being outraged led to selective deafness. We surrounded ourselves with people who were on the same page about the same issues.

Some even said we were "a force to be reckoned with," a social services gang with intimidating language and aggressive tactics. That perception fueled our mission because to us, this was war!

The backlash with this approach was swift and we soon learned that another way was needed. Implementing Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication improved our listening skills and taught us how to give empathy and compassion to ourselves first.

Next we learned how to name our feelings and needs, which led to us making requests, rather than demands. This enabled us to listen and also to be heard.

As things continue to heat up politically, it's important to stay awake and maintain connection with your higher self.

Look into your communication tool box. What can you do to take care of yourself, while staying true to your beliefs? Please reach out to others, talk about what matters, and share what is alive for you.

As always, let me know how I can help.

Until next time,

Suzi Caffreys

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