Unleashed privilege

Going for your big dream.  It’s not always easy. The inevitable barriers. Your doubting self-talk.  Running yourself ragged between your full time job, getting lunches packed, laundry, the kids’ violin lessons, PTO meetings, book club and hosting Saturday’s neighborhood winter party.  So much to manage.  So much to do.  The life of privilege.

Privilege, however, gives your big dream an advantage. No worrying required about where you’re going to sleep tonight.  No rumbling stomach to distract your thought process.  No worrying about extra bus fare to get to the library to access a computer for tonight’s blog post.

If you are fortunate enough to be privy to privilege, how might you be in community with someone who doesn’t have all the advantages you do?  How can you cheer on the young daycare provider who is a single mom and going to school part-time?  What book or resource might you share with the woman who cleans the office building whom you’ve seen arrive wearing her fast food uniform?  What steps can you take to make someone else’s dream a little bit easier?

I promise you that when you provide your generous nature with another person, both of your dreams and the world will be richer for it!

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  1. garyhollander
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 08:08:14

    ‘Fortunate enough to be privy to privilege.’ An interesting comment. And then there is ‘when you provide your generous nature with another person.’ These prompt me to think that is great thing to know my privilege and that my generosity is an imperative that must be fed with more opportunity. These turn my feelings on their head.

    Thanks, Linda.

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    • Linda R Neff
      Jan 21, 2015 @ 16:49:55

      Thank you for this Gary! I struggled getting my thoughts out on this one. I had to really define for myself the responsibility associated with privilege and how that looks, feel and acts differently than philanthropy.

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  2. Debbie Phillips
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 10:29:14

    Nice one, Linda! So very true and beautifully expressed by you.

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  3. katiemattie
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 14:34:53

    Linda, you always know exactly what to say. Very powerful!

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