It’s much easier to work alone. Sometimes, when you’re trying to get things done, the last thing you need is to include others in the process. Those people – they just tend to mess things up.
It’s also easier to surround yourself with people who think exactly the way you do and will gladly affirm what you’re doing and do so without question.
I was reminded of this when I read the editorial – click here to read it – in my local community paper earlier this week. It appears that our local legislators have sponsored a bill in our State legislature without speaking to any of their constituents. The editorial states “perhaps our representatives temporarily forgot who they represent.”
The editorial caught my attention because far too often, we fail to expand the conversation to a broader circle. Why? Because we can’t and won’t accept that our way of thinking or our opinion might be wrong or shortsighted.
It is my hope that we change the pattern.
There is power in being more inclusive.
When we expand our circle, we expand our influence.
When we expand our circle, we build community.
When we expand our circle, we increase our chance of success.
It’s not easy and it might not always work out. But that should never be the reason we chose to exclude others from the process.
My hope for you today
Take the risk and expand your circle because,
One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever. ~ Linda Lambert