Greetings ICF – Long Island Community,
This Spring has been like every Spring, like some other Springs, and like NO OTHER Spring. It feels like we are living in a different world, and in many ways we are. On top of the experience with COVID-19, each of us are now measuring our emotions and reactions to yet another instance of violent racism against the Black community. Over the past few weeks, I have personally been working to open my mind and heart to make sure that I can actively be a part of the solution.
As coaches, it is imperative that we never stop pursuing growth and development as it is our duty to maintain the integrity of our practice and serve our clients and communities without bias or prejudice. ICF-Long Island is committed to being a welcoming space for ALL coaches and EVERYONE in the community to participate with psychological safety as equals. We recognize that we can always do better, so please send me an email at email@example.com to discuss your ideas on how we can work towards being a more inclusive chapter. I hope to hear from many of you!
A favorite quote of mine from Maya Angelou is “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” I urge everyone to listen and learn as much as you can right now, in as many ways as possible to be a better coach, friend, ally, business owner, colleague, parent, family member, etc. We can no longer claim ignorance or be complicit to the silencing of Black voices in our community, country, or around the world. If we approach this with trust, empathy, and love, I am hopeful for meaningful change.
Wishing you all a transformational summer,