Via Facebook, I saw a video on inclusion, from all different perspectives. The end challenges viewers to answer "I know I'm included when...", share it, have others do the same, and then think what it means for me to be inclusive of others in a diverse community. Here's mine - it's from the standpoint of disability...
I know I'm included when...
- people talk to me.
- people invite me to come to things, even if they are not accessible. Where there's a will, there's a way.
- people ask my opinion and value it.
- I can be Beth and laugh.
More on this...
The environment can be everything. I went to my daughter's soccer practice yesterday. 91 degrees and Beth do not get along. I pushed myself across 2 1/2 fields and then a nice guy asked if I wanted help. YES, PLEASE! I then watched practiced and no one talked to me - there were groups of 2, but I felt alone (until my husband showed up!). I tried to talk to one guy but he had his earphones in so he didn't hear me. Very strange. I then hesitated to break into the other conversations. Perhaps I should randomly ask people "how do you know when you're included? :)
Today I noticed I was 20 minutes up the road and in a different setting, but everyone was talking to everyone. I was invited; I laughed; I was included.
It's mostly the norm - traveling these 20 minutes up the road to feel included. It's also very strange.
I wonder how other people would answer the same inclusion fill in the blank. Everyone can do it. And then we could all learn something.