From day one of the Zimmerman trial, the media jukebox queued up familiar oldies to replay to young and old audiences alike. Race is one oldie category guaranteed to ignite a lively dance when media DJ’s decide to pickup the beat. Media producers pace rhythms (coverage) of demonstrations and pontificates against a tempo (background) of historical spin. Zimmerman’s trial dusted off countless records related to racial inequalities, dreams and calls for action. Demonstrations large and small, locally and globally, inspire hundreds of thousands to march to songs calling for equality; to live in harmony and peace. Will these treadmill marches inspired by media DJ’s get us someplace?
When a needle or laser reads a broken track on a record or CD, it repeats, right? The needle or laser gets ‘stuck’ in a rut and repeats the same track or loop until someone resolves the problem. How do we deal with broken records in the form of politicians, news reporters, social leaders, (etc.) who tell us they’ll do something to fix racial inequality, only to forget about their words when the mic or cameras turn off? When leaders forget to match their words with their deeds, we’ll hear their broken record the next time they seek media attention.
Question: How do we hold leaders accountable for their words so that their words mature into measurable deeds?
Answer: We support their words to help them create measurable deeds.
WE become ‘the change’ we wish to see in our world.
To resolve broken race records, please join us on this three-part series that features Huffington Post’s focus on The Third Metric. As you explore The Third Metric, you’ll notice a concerted effort to update society’s success metronome from success beating between money and power (two ticks) to talks of success being more than money and power. The Third Metric prompts us to recall nine familiar ways to systemically resolve historically broken race records.
According to Jan Diehm and Katy Hall’s post, Third Metric Redefines Success, we see the following nine traits added to the way we measure success: health, mindfulness, friendship, passion, sleep, family, giving back, wisdom and empathy. The authors conclude their post with a disclaimer.
There’s no one definitive path to success, and the majority of Americans know this. Percentage who believe that the path to success is likely to include some detours and unexpected changes: 95%.
As we dive into three (of nine) ways to resolve broken race records, add your voice to this list. Post your comments below on how health, mindfulness and friendship may resolve broken race records based on your first-hand practical experience.
Three (of nine) ways to resolve broken race records:
1. When you think about your health, what thoughts come to mind? Do you remember that your physical brain is mostly water? Are you aware your body taps into the water in your brain when you need water? Do your own research on this to discover what happens to you when your body becomes dehydrated. One symptom of dehydration is an inability to think properly.
Solution 1: Drink enough purified water to maintain a more healthy body and clear, focused mind. Good health combined with an alert mind allows you to be more mindful.
2. What does being mindful mean to you? How often are you mindful of other people’s wants and needs. Do you take care of so many other people’s needs and wants you lack the time, money or energy to be mindful of your own health and wellness? One way to be more mindful is to establish different levels of balance based on what’s happening right now. For example, your balance is much different in times of crisis than in times of normal routines. The trick to finding a balanced life is to be mindful of how living in crisis mode creeps up on you.
Whenever you feel that need to get away, pay attention to it. Is the need for a break the result of simply wanting to escape doing something you know you need to do? Or, is the desire to take a break due to some well earned rest? Balance happens naturally when we address persistent problems. Avoidance, denial or similar blocks to being mindful will result in feeling unbalanced.
Solution 2: as we work individually and collectively to gain and maintain a healthy balance between personal and collective needs, we resolve broken race records.
3. Over the decades, as a nomadic monk (of three different orders) one of my favorite ways to settle into a new home is to invite folks over for a potluck party. As people arrive, to help kick-start a lively conversation between familiar and new faces, I invite people to ask each other this question: “What is friendship?” I suggest they speak about friendship from first-hand experiences versus philosophizing and pontificating what friendship should or could be. As we approach the desert phase of the evening, I invite folks to gather together in small groups (no more than six per group) and dive deeper into this question. (The downside to larger groups is more people spend less time actively sharing their thoughts.) For those unfamiliar with Socratic discussions, we do a quick tutorial about how to maintain lively, respectful discussions by exploring (versus analyzing) questions. By the end of the evening, like shaking up a snow globe to cause a contained blizzard, people leave my potluck parties with all sorts of fresh ways to ponder what friendship is and what true friends really are!
Solution 3: Ponder this question. “What is friendship.” If you dare, explore feelings about friendships more than thoughts (intellectual) angles related to what you know about friendship.
In part two of this three-part series, we’ll explore how passion, sleep and family play key roles to resolve broken race records. Before reading part two, take a moment to chime in! How does your health, ability to be mindful and concept of friendship factor into your relations with others who are born with different skin or from different cultures?