In July, I shared my story about how attempting something difficult–physically, mentally, emotionally–prepared me for being a leader of conscience today. In turn, I asked our AoCC community to share their own stories and inspiration with us all. Many thanks to the brave souls who stepped up in this 8-part series!
Sally Franz, The Olympic Peninsula
What’s something challenging you’ve done or experienced?
When I was 16 years old, I swam across Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.
What did that experience teach you or show you about yourself?
One stroke at a time, rest when needed. Keep your eye on your landing spot. Trying something hard or nearly impossible is more rewarding than playing it safe.
How does that serve you as you engage in the work of social and political change?
If you can dream it you can do it. The first thing I tell people with a dream is to say YES. Start with yes and figure out the logistics and funding later. Start small to build your courage “muscles”. When you are overwhelmed, stop—then go recruit 10 more people to help you.
Here’s how to speak up this week: https://americansofconscience.com/9-8-2019/