Every week we'll start off with our "highs and lows" and get into some important societal survival skills and general goings on of the TwinCities and neighboring communities with news about the rest of the world here and there. Participation is simple. Just give us your highs and lows either in the comments of the article or on twitter by trending #ProverbialMonday or tweeting to me @ProverbTribune.
High: Definitely making progress in my career.
Low: My patience is thinning..
People who work in the social sector often talk about how the issues that we work to resolve are complex and how in many ways the resources we have are too limited to constitute a resolution. People will argue there’s no “silver bullet” to destroy these intricate systems of oppression. Let me correct them. We do have a silver bullet made of accountability & consistency. What’s required is accountability & consistency in collaborative efforts, in engaging communities and building on the assets and resources that exist there to develop sustainable change.
If we are talking about destroying a werewolf then we should know that it won’t be killed by the impact of the bullet but by the elements that it’s made of seeping into the bloodstream. That process requires time, a fourth dimension we tend to forget about.
Only a few understand that and maybe it seems implausible that we already have the answers to the problems we’re working to solve. Then again, some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.
Based on partnerships of mutual investment along with accountability & consistency powerful impact has been achieved and incredible changes have been made. We build relationships of mutual investment with community members because they are our neighbors, our friends, our partners in creating a better community where everyone has something of value to contribute. As soon as we begin to recognize the capacity of the tools that we have our efforts become unrelenting and change becomes inevitable.
Ernest Comer III is a community relations professional with several years of experience working with non-profit organizations. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in Communication Studies with an emphasis in African and African American Studies. Ernest is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and has held positions of leadership in organizations such as PRISM at the University of Minnesota, and emerging non-profit in Ramsey County, Re-Armor Homes. He has been an adolescent mentor in the Pediatrics Department at the U and has hosted local television and radio shows showcasing young talent.
You are priceless and you are free. You are so much more than I am; I lose my words in awe for what can be. I am excited for the opportunity to teach you, to learn from you and with you, to grow with you, to be present in your life, and be a part of all that you achieve.
The practice of silent reflection is a powerful tool for rejuvination, self-empowerment and motivation. As you take moments today to browse through inspirational memes and youtube videos throughout the day to keep you going, remember to take some time to reflect on what you see, hear, feel and think.
The gauge of a policy that puts Minnesota so far out of line with other states should be more than just whether it produces additional revenue for government to spend. The most important measures are whether the revenue is needed, collected fairly and used wisely.