Language has the power to divide and destroy, yet we are all human. If we truly listen to each other, understand and actually communicate, then language has the power to unite, to bring love, friendships and change the world for the better. How we label each other, and most importantly how we label ourselves, shapes the lives of those around us. Language evolves, words can have different meanings based on culture, and when we translate we can miss out on the emotional connection and context of our words, and often we speak without listening.
Joanne Lockwood, promotes a Diversity & Inclusion and specialises in Transgender Awareness and knows only too well how language, when used as a weapon or through carelessness can hurt and exclude people. She reminds us that, that each of us has value, and simply put; that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and it is that, being listened to is key to belonging and feeling included.
When going through her own journey, she finally was able to overcome her own limiting beliefs, by simply saying “I am”, and was able to realise that by taking responsibility for believing in herself, then everyone else followed…
Key Take Away
To learn to listen and to understand that, what we say and how we say it, shapes our lives and those around us..!