Using strengths to help create change

by | Jun 7, 2020 | Business, General, Strengths

To talk about sales with everything that has been going on, especially in the past 10 days, feels a bit conflicted. Our realities are far from “normal” at this time, and it’s easy to lose hope and inspiration.

Change can be messy, and we’re currently dealing with the long-overdue racial inequality, especially for the African-American community, in this country of mine. 

Compounded by the isolation we’ve all been forced into in recent months, with political agendas, corruption, nastiness, and more fueling the negative, it was just a matter of time for something to spark. 

In these times of upheaval, it’s easy to feel powerless with all the “should’s” flying around in the media. 

The color of my skin is white, and I have white privilege. Despite that, I’ve always felt more connected to minorities, especially African-Americans, emotionally and spiritually. 

As an immigrant woman, I have dealt with inequality, feeling powerless with authority, and not being heard or safe. While my experience is nowhere close to the injustice faced by minorities daily, and in particular the African-American community, I feel the pain and injustice. 

How can I best support you?

Was a question I asked a couple of my friends. Being an empath, empathic, and caring healer, I know the best way to help is to reach out, provide a safe space, and be willing to listen.

At the end of the day, there’s more than one way to show support for your friends and strangers. First, ask your friends how you can best support them. Showing kindness, generosity of spirit, offering a hug, a smile of encouragement, and, most importantly, listening are just a few ways.

I grew up in Sweden, during a sheltered era where skin color wasn’t a factor; maybe it was just how I was raised or my observations that created that belief. In my world, we all have equal worth.

While I have been aware of some of the African-American history, there’s a lot that I didn’t know. So many truths have been twisted for way too long, and other truths have not been dealt with. Many of us have been unaware of the full scope for various reasons and are now dealing with it in our own way. 

What’s clear is that change is needed.

It’s a journey for us all as a collective and as individuals. 

When you connect with your heart’s love energy and inquire into what your truth is, what choices would you make? The how in that will vary from person to person. Either way, it’s not acceptable to me to treat someone differently because of the color of their skin.

Music is a world of energy, and I perceive it to have no race. 

My dad was a musician, and my parents exposed me to all kinds of music and cultures growing up. They were active in anything “cultural,” i.e., travel, music, theater, art, and Amnesty, where there was a focus on Africa at the time. I partially moved to the US because of the cultural blend this country provides. 

I chose a path of healing, first as a nurse and later through personal growth and coaching. I was seeking what connects us all – the energy, soul, personalities, our bodies, and awakening to what’s beyond this “Matrix” reality.

As we “wake up”, love, not war, and everything we have in common beyond what you see on the outside becomes the priority for many. And through the pain that awakening can include, it’s a big collective wakeup call; we will hopefully make different choices and actions moving forward as we connect soul to soul and heart to heart.

There are infinite ways to express who you are and how you choose to create and support the movement of change. While I can never truly understand the oppression experienced by minorities, I support the demand for change and am here for anyone needing someone to talk to.

Strengths empower

One reason I was so drawn to the strengths movement was that it provides a quick way to access what makes you unique based on your natural talents and how you express it by being you. 

When you get how unique and awesome you are as an individual, you can make different choices and give up disempowering self-talk like not being […] enough. Your talents become great reminders of what you bring to the table as a person just by being you.

When you feel great about who you are, you can invite others into a different conversation and open up powerful ways of healing that have nothing to do with believing in anything specific.

My own mission, aka “why” in life, came from the insights I got from my results – I’m here to connect people to possibilities, said in another way; spark joy and empowerment in people’s lives so that they can connect to their greatness.

When I look at options that can unite people globally in an all-inclusive and empowering way, I think of strengths. There’s nothing to believe, you just are who you are.

I’m here to help people connect to what makes them awesome, so if you need someone to talk to, send me a message.

Having said that, I get that racial equality needs to be created now, not later. We all need to feel safe to do normal everyday things without the fear of being stopped, attacked, or shot. From neighbors looking out for one another to new laws being created that include justice for all.

Many of us are willing to listen and help in whatever way we can. Some will need to talk; others are done with talking.

I believe that by listening, talking, or offering healing to one person or group at the time and multiplying that with every one of us around the globe taking some sort of action, we’ll create a more united and better world for us all. When we know more we can take better actions.

George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and all the unnamed men and women that have lost their lives for simply having a different skin color will be remembered for their sacrifice and as the people who sparked a long-overdue movement of equality and humanity.

Below are three sites that educate and offer different ways to forward the conversation of change.


Uncomfortable conversations with a black man – Emmanuel Acho 

Van Jones

Michael Beckwith, founder of Agape Int’l

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