May 18, 2022

I believe, it is best to speak in a way that people love to listen to you and listen in a way that people love to speak to you.

I believe, you should never give someone a second chance to replicate negativity, hatred or harm.  Especially if they have failed to recognize, atone or acknowledge that which was done initially.

I believe, there is more than one path to achievement, often another viable way, explanation or viewpoint exist.  Keep an open mind.  Even if an alternative differs from what we consider to be the only or right way.

I believe, witnessing racism is not the same thing as experiencing it.  Although daunting to comprehend, the depth of its oppressive scars can permanently damage the recipient’s soul.

I believe, right and wrong or good and bad are individual choices that cannot be arbitrarily extrapolated across a specific race, gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic class.  Each of us is uniquely constructed by design and shaped by our life experiences. Therefore, we are our choices.

I believe, if someone reaches out to help you when they too are struggling.  That act is more than just support, that is a tangible and undeniable example of real “love”.

I believe, we have a responsibility to tell people the truth, but we are NOT obligated to manage their reaction to it.

I believe, we should always choose our words wisely.  Especially, if based solely on 2nd or 3rd hand information. The road to rebuilding trust and redemption is long and challenging for falsely administered words, beliefs and accusations.

I believe, not all help is sincere and helpful. Be judicious when requesting or digesting feedback or advice.  Always consider the source. Remember, you will rarely be criticized by someone who is doing more than you.

I believe, sometimes we just have to accept people for who they really are. Even if they are not able too.  The best that we can do is pray they find small pieces of self-awareness and aspirational evolution.

About the Author Michael K. Francis

Michael is a C-Suite Business and Human Resources Executive with more than 30 years of professional experience in the public sector with four Fortune 500 companies, and as a Management Consultant. In 2020, he founded BEAM Executive Advisors, LLC to provide consultative services to clients based on collaborative relationships, trust, and integrity.

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