I’ve been thinking about masks this past week.
Specifically, wearing them or not wearing them.
I have 3 masks that have been made for me.
I like the idea of wearing them.
But I find I don’t wear them often.
Why? It seem like such a simple thing.
I had to think about it.
I’m not out much, and when I am, I’m mostly outside on my bike, and/or keeping my distance.
But in enclosed spaces? When I have to go shopping?
I often forget my mask at home.
Who is the mask for?
Over the weekend I was talking about masks with my family.
“What’s the point of wearing one when it doesn’t help me anyways?” someone asked.
“But it helps others,” someone else replied.
If I had a mask that would protect me would I be more inclined to wear it?What is it about a mask that protects others that has me forgetting it at home?
I’m guessing it’s because I believe I’m healthy.
Even though we have been told we can carry the COVID-19 virus without symptoms.
Making the connection to D&I
This reminds me of diversity and inclusion work: How we are inclined to think we are being inclusive and welcoming, because things are working for us.
When in reality there are people who feel the exact opposite in our presence or in our space/workplace/community.
Wearing a mask that benefits others is about recognizing our interconnectedness.
I am willing to do this for you.
And you are willing to do this for me.
It’s a beautiful dance of acknowledgment and care.
We are a human family, and we are in this together.
Just like inclusion and belonging work.
I’ll be wearing my mask from now on.