#PeacefulMondays: Regular folk

How was your week and, if you live in a temperate climate, your transition into the Fall?

Though I was nursing a stomach bug for most of the week, I made time to ingest some of what unfolded at and around the United Nations General Assembly. As I shared with you last week, The UN has delivered spotty results that we see and helped keep the peace in many ways we don’t see.

After my stomach healed, I penned my thoughts about this confusing time we live in as citizens. Despite long-held institutions that promise to provide checks and balances, or to give us “regular folk” a voice and a seat at the table, we’ve been disappointed or unheard one too many times.

And when we witness escalating rhetoric between America and North Korea, as we did this week, it’s more than enough for us to avoid the conversation altogether, never mind the partisan perspectives it might invoke.

All of this to say…sometimes there are no easy answers.

But it shouldn’t stop us from asking the important questions, from reaching out to each other where we can, and from working together to solve our biggest problems.

I’m taking a bold leap this week, in the spirit of contributing to that outreach, and will be leaning on your invisible energy for support as I do. (Ok, maybe not so invisible if you email me back to cheer me on, as some of you did last week – thank you for that!)

I’ve just submitted an opinion piece for critique, about our confusing times, and will pitch it to publications later in the week.

Eeeek.

I’m having first-time jitters, and trust I’ll feel better on the other side of this process.

Right now, I’m on this side and breathing through it.

It’s been quite a journey to arrive at this moment. In the parlance of our identity-obsessed and label-happy world, I’m (at least) a triple whammy. Woman, minority, immigrant. These labels mean very little to me. I don’t engage with people that way. But I know how contentious these labels are. I empathize with the battles we have fought over them for millennia. And I know they can be easy excuses to judge me, the messenger, instead of minding the message.

There are so many reasons why it’s inconvenient to put myself out there.

And there’s now one overriding reason why I must.

It’s my truth. It’s the work I’m called to do. It’s the voice I’m here to share.

And based on some people I’ve floated this idea with, many will want to hear my voice. To understand the world as I see it. To hear the inner and outer journeys I’ve taken. To draw comfort from the hearts I heal and the bridges I build. And eventually, to see and know that I’m “regular folk” too.

Watch this space. I’ll share updates of where my opinion piece lands.

Questions to ponder

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Maya Mathias

Maya Mathias is a global leadership veteran, with a life and career spanning 3 continents and 5 inspired self-reinventions. She is a peaceful leadership advocate and mentor, bringing her unique blend of East & West to her leadership development and innovation management practice. Maya’s life began with a lower-middle class upbringing in Asia, surrounded by poultry & vegetable farms and the ‘simple life’. She doesn’t forget her humble roots, and her body of work seeks to bring more equality, justice and personal purpose in troubling times. Learn more about Maya here.

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