We live in a volatile world, an ever evolving landscape of humanity, and we work in environments where the masses merge to create a common goal. There are problems that exist everywhere and incorporate major issues like gaps in treatment and pay stemming from differences in gender, generation, race, education, economic status, and so much more. These conflicts create hostility, and this bleeds into the fabric of corporate, personal, and social relations. Is this how we wish to live? Do we want people in 100 years to view us as a century of turbulence?
While it may be impossible to escape victimization at times, it is possible to choose to be a victor. You see, victimization happens to us, but we do not have to become a victim. We can take our unique perspective of our experience, and utilize it to initiate change in the world. We can choose to grieve over the loss of who we were before we were victimized and channel this into empowerment. We can choose to accept what we deserve and nothing less. We can choose to stand up to victimization and say it is wrong. We can choose to not victimize others in the process. This is what makes us victors.
There are statistics that clearly show discrepancies in pay for people of different races and between men and women. Is this acceptable to us as a society in 2015? Have we not learned from a past riddled with the oppression of others to rise above? I know of people who have suffered from age discrimination, but it would be nearly impossible to prove. What has happened to our values and morals? Business ethics is still taught in college, yet it is conveniently dismissed when it goes against the bottom line.
Now is the time for our collective generations to come together and to make change that is positive for our personal and professional lives. If we can learn to stop victimizing, and to stop accepting the acts of victimization that occur each day, we all win. We can all be victors in a society that moves to build a brighter future.
Does this sound impossible? Absolutely! With so many people unwilling to change, it is not realistic. However, you have the choice to be a victim to ignorance, or to become the victor. Each person can make a difference, even if it is a small one, and many small ones may be what sparks the bigger changes. You have the choice, and by recognizing this, you take accountability for your actions. Choose wisely!