March 2017: A Marathon, Not a Sprint" - Caitlin Breedlove, Campaign Director, Standing on the Side of Love
It’s been said before: this is a marathon, not a sprint. We need to ground ourselves in our deepest commitments and our strongest relationships to stay in this for the long haul. Caitlin Breedlove, who recently moved on from directing Standing on the Side of Love to another position, offers some powerful spiritual reminders of why we do what we do and some practices for how to keep going:
o The liberation of ourselves and of all people and the planet. There is no loftier goal. Remind yourself that is why you are in this work.
o Treat relationship building, maintenance and conflict with deep care. They are the center of this work over the long haul.
o Be willing to step away from the work if you are hurting more than helping. Be willing to come back.
o Treat other leaders as though if they win, you win, we win.
o Root in a practice or a circle of practitioners [read more for examples]
o Never be cavalier with other people’s safety or dignity.
o Never think you were the first one: the first one to struggle, the first one to give so much, the first one to fail, the first one to win.