Racial trauma and healing
We are living in a world of hate and sickness.
In my opinion, the pandemic has intensified much of the hatred along with many political issues.
Recently I had an experience where I was in a very uncomfortable situation. You might be wondering why I did not remove myself. The answer was I could not since I was one of the presenters.
I had no choice but to stay professional and ignore the facial expressions and talk under their breath.
The chatter was not a whisper at times. In fact, at one point, someone said. " they don't know what they are talking about.' I was like, " hello am right here.
Currently, I am reading a book by Minda Harts called, Right Within How to Heal From Racial Trauma In the Workplace. The timing of my reading this book was no mistake. God knew I would need it on my journey.
I can say I was affected by the experience myself and my coworker endured. I did not allow it to ruin my evening or weekend.
I had time to decompress and do what I love writing, workout, and my blog platform.
My experience is not limited to this most recent experience.
I have faced this type of adversity as a woman of color since being in the workforce; some experiences are more overt than others.
Addressing the pain provided me with the peace needed.
I did not allow them to steal my joy or my peace.
It helped to acknowledge my feelings as I moved on to a calmer state of mind.
Having experienced this in the past, I recognized my trigger immediately. It helped to keep my emotions in check.
I am ready to have a meaningful conversation about this experience and offer feedback on how to make this a much better working environment.
NOTE: I highly recommend Mida Harts' book, and please seek the services of a professional if needed.