Knowing Is The Door Prize #341

by Sue Hawkes

To know is not enough. In fact, it’s the door prize.   Knowing about racism won’t change what’s happening; action, learning and repeated practice will.  My family and I watched “Just Mercy” over the weekend. We wanted to watch together while the awareness in Minnesota is still heightened and we are all tender. It proved to be an amazing movie to give perspective about systemic…

Sue HawkesKnowing Is The Door Prize #341

Failure Is Not An Option #340

by Sue Hawkes

Fear. It’s certainly prevalent and it’s gotten our full attention. For now, that’s good. It’s sobering and necessary to move us forward to create equity.  We can all agree, it’s not a place to live.   We are better than this. We must gather, learn, affect change and move forward together. It’s the only way we’ll survive.   We must sit together in the discomfort to build trust. We must.  It will take time,…

Sue HawkesFailure Is Not An Option #340

Don’t Stop #339

by Sue Hawkes

Sometimes, you can’t fake it ‘til you make it. When you’ve been flexing, adjusting, staying strong and managing to address the sudden and immediate changes that come with a pandemic coupled with rioting, it’s a lot.  It’s okay to rest. It’s okay to take a break. It’s okay to breathe, think and learn. It’s okay to take turns and pass the baton. This is a marathon, not a sprint.  Don’t stop. …

Sue HawkesDon’t Stop #339

It’s Certainly Not New #338

by Sue Hawkes

It is hard to assimilate all that is happening around us. Unless your ability to compartmentalize is superhuman, “business as usual” sounds like a foreign concept.  How do we reconcile this?   How do we learn?  How do we make it better?  When we were walking through the remnants of our beautiful city yesterday, a police car was stopped at an…

Sue HawkesIt’s Certainly Not New #338

HopeFULL And Hope Filled #337

by Sue Hawkes

HopeFULL and hope filled. These are two words I’d use after spending the better part of the day in Minneapolis to do clean up post rioting.  The news makes Minneapolis look like a war zone.   Make no mistake about it, we’re not in the clear, and it’s not a pretty sight.   However, when you spend a day with people intending to make things better, and…

Sue HawkesHopeFULL And Hope Filled #337

Lessons Learned From Murder, Protesting, and Rioting #JusticeForGeorge #336

by Sue Hawkes

To say this past week has been challenging, disappointing, disruptive, saddening, scary, sickening, enraging, disgusting, and hopeless would be understated. If you’ve been reading along with the blogs, you know Minnesota is the epicenter of one more senseless murder of a black man from a group of white cops. Our communities across the US are burning during a global pandemic. The protesters are not…

Sue HawkesLessons Learned From Murder, Protesting, and Rioting #JusticeForGeorge #336

Not Forever #335

by Sue Hawkes

It’s a lot, overwhelmingly so these days. Sometimes, you have to throw in the flag, admit you’ve had it and quit.  Just for now or tonight, or just for today.   Not forever.  Because the world needs your voice, your message and your determination to stay the course; even when it’s difficult. No, especially then.   When others pass by with a like, love or a care,…

Sue HawkesNot Forever #335

It Begins With Me #334

by Sue Hawkes

Emotionally hijacked.   I’ve only had it happen a handful of times. Last night and tonight are two of them.   We must be better than we are. We must dig deep, past the anger, shame, denial and fear. We must find a way to learn and grow from the obscenity of this time in history.   It’s too easy to blame and point fingers. This is…

Sue HawkesIt Begins With Me #334

Speak Up #333

by Sue Hawkes

With a heavy heart, I am writing this blog. I have very few words as I’m overwhelmed by sadness, compassion, shock, disgust and horror at the death of George Floyd.   I was having a great day, doing what seemed to be meaningful work with our team for our company. We were grappling with the realities of C-19, the opportunities we have and…

Sue HawkesSpeak Up #333

Creating A New Habit #332

by Sue Hawkes

Rainy weather is synonymous with Memorial weekend in Minnesota. And this year had its soggy moments.  What I love about rain is that it inspires me to work. I truly enjoy nestling in when it’s rainy and creating. It frees me to stay focused, and when I’m not distracted by the many things calling me to be outside, I’m vigilant,…

Sue HawkesCreating A New Habit #332