August 20, 2020 The BLT (Balanced Life Theory)

Can You Breathe?

by Cedric Ashley
None of us can truly breathe until all of us can take in everything that America has promised.

None of us can truly breathe until all of us can take in everything that America has promised.

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
—Martin Luther King Jr., “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963

If you have been a regular reader of this BLT column, you know the focus is on well-being, life balance, meaningfulness, and resilience. The well-being of lawyers and people in general contributes to the overall well-being of workplaces, organizations, institutions, and communities. Well-being occurs not just on the individual level but also filters up to the town, city, and metropolitan level. In fact, Gallup Research has developed well-being indicators that provide measurements to rank the well-being of various-sized places and communities throughout the world. The Gallup well-being research includes community well-being. To achieve community well-being, residents of a particular community must feel safe and included. To the extent that some members of a community may not feel safe or not included within the community, the well-being score will be lower. Safety and a sense of belonging are just the basics. There are many more characteristics that factor into community well-being. As we now see throughout the United States, in many communities, everyone does not feel safe and secure. Sadly, for African Americans, this feeling of insecurity is not solely based on encounters with law enforcement.


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