You SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER!
You do this with a calm, respectful tone.
You do this with an acceptance that brevity has more of a chance to be heard than a detailed 14 point lecture.
You do this by telling a story.
You do this by being willing to interact.
Fred Rogers was good at many things. Today I share a video of him speaking to the US Senate in 1969. At stake was $20,000,000 for PBS. If we think about his message and how he delivered it – we can learn a lot. We are each committed to local, state and national issues that we think need to be more clearly understood before programs and services are drastically cut or eliminated.
My friend, Lee Gaddies shared the Mr. Rogers clip with me and also wrote a message (one in the tone and intellect that I think Mr. Rogers would appreciate). Here are Lee’s words: “Empathy — citizens caring for each other, both social and personal responsibility — acting on that care, and an ethic of excellence. From these, our freedoms and our way of life follow, as does the role of government: to protect and empower everyone equally. Protection includes safety, health, the environment, pensions and empowerment starts with education and infrastructure. No one can be free without these, and without a commitment to care and act on that care by one’s fellow citizens.” Thank you, Lee. You may want to check out his facebook presence. He is a man with many real life and facebook friends, so you may want to friend him.
Please take the 7 minutes to listen and watch Mr. Rogers. He provides a model for our times.
Let’s not remain silent and burry our concerns. Let’s speak truth to power with a respect for how hard it is to be heard or understood. I think Mr. Rogers can help to teach us and inspire us about getting VERY GOOD at message, influence and delivery.