Show Notes

Episode 107: Balancing Discomfort

Protests over police brutality being met by police brutality. A global pandemic. Coming to terms with the fact that not being racist is not enough–we need to be anti-racist. All of these things can lead to a lot of discomfort. In this episode, Shannon and Janine discuss balancing the discomfort with the need to take action and the need to take care of ourselves.

Discussion topics include:

  • The difficulty of knowing how to respond to the greater events of the world
  • How our perceptions of racist behavior are shifting
  • That it’s not enough to not be racist; we need to be anti-racist
  • The discomfort of talking about this stuff
  • Figuring out how we can make a difference
  • Our desire to encourage people to look at things from a different perspective
  • Using kindness when speaking up
  • The language Shannon used on social media when she spoke up about a (perhaps inadvertently) racist comment
  • How hard it is to know what the right thing to do is
  • Self care during this difficult time
  • Keeping up with events without letting it take over your day
  • Productive discomfort vs debilitating pain
  • Finding the balance of taking care of emotions while still taking action
  • Getting conscious of where your discomfort is and pushing against those boundaries a bit
  • Extending grace to others

1 thought on “Episode 107: Balancing Discomfort”

  1. One of the moments in my life that I really regret is back 7 years ago in 2013. I was going out with a man for the 6th date. Evidently he felt comfortable enough with me to use a derogatory word about Black people. That was the last time we went out. What I regret most is that I didn’t say anything at the time. However, I was alone in his house with him, and he was ex-military. I felt physically intimidated by him even though he wasn’t doing anything overt. I just didn’t want to take the chance on calling him out on his racism. But I still regret not saying anything.

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