One quick google search and you can find all the inspiration you need to stand up for what you believe in (before you snap right back to living your normal life that is).
Our beliefs without action are just talk, but putting action behind what you believe in takes sacrifice. Maybe it's your time that you're donating or your money. Maybe it's avoiding a potentially uncomfortable conversation at a dinner party because you don't want to rock the boat so you let a comment slide.
When it comes to standing up to the metaphorical bully on the playground, most of us can probably agree on the big stuff: murder, child abuse, cancer, discrimination ... all things worth standing up for and fighting against.
But what about the little things that happen everyday? Is your belief bigger than your comfort zone?
It's easy to like a Facebook post or discuss the state of the current affairs with conviction drinking Rose with your friends at Sunday brunch, but when the rubber hits the road what are you actually willing to do in support of your beliefs?
Life can change in an instant and you never know when it will be you in the hot seat. It only takes one moment for our whole worlds to change: we can go from married to divorced, healthy to sick, employed to unemployed with a phone call.
The question is, what are you willing to do for what you believe in .... Quit your job? Sell your car? What about shave your head?
actions speak louder than words
In a world of texts, tweets and posts, we are inundated with words - but what about our actions?
We have a mental list of things that we think we value but if you look at how we live our lives, it doesn't always support our claims.
Speaking up can be scary and taking action can meaning stepping out of the safe zone to go out on a limb and do something big. Or finally saying "I won't turn a blind eye to this."
Now, we may not be walking around the world kicking puppies but our actions speak louder than our words. In fact, often times it's the moments we don't even notice that say the most. For example:
You value relationships but do you pay more attention to your likes or bank account than the barista at your local coffee shop?
You value honesty and loyalty but when you hear someone speak ill of a friend or colleague do you stop them? What about when there is a slightly off-color comment or joke in your social group?
You talk about standing up against "XYZ" injustice but what have you done to put real life action behind your words? Does your time, money, or effort support this claim?
A belief without action to back it up is all talk, and I have certainly been guilty of this myself.
It's natural to make a stand for something when you are personally affected and if we aren't careful it's easy to become complacent when you're not the one being directly affected by a situation.
How much would it cost for you to shave your head?
If I'm honest, I'm not sure you could pay me enough to shave my head voluntarily. But what if it was for a cause that I really felt strongly about?
These are the questions Brooke Bryand (you may remember her from Season 1 of the podcast) asked herself as she considered joining her sister Lindsay in raising $15,000 to shave her head in support of St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund pediatric cancer research.
Right now they are a days away for the big day and over halfway to their goal. But they need our help. If everyone who reads this donated $10 they would hit their goal in time for August 21st, 2018.
But this isn't just about the money - it's about a commitment to cause both Brooke and Lindsay feel strongly about. You could say it runs in the family.
Thanks to the example their mother set for them as they watched her care for women with breast cancer for twenty years at her business, Dianne's Selections (now Lindsay's business) - Brooke and Lindsay have decided to make a bold statement in support of cause they care deeply about.
Hair loss during cancer means the chemotherapy is doing its job….it’s killing the bad cells in these little kids’ bodies, it just happens to be killing their “good” hair cells at the same time. Brooke and Lindsay decided that for them, it is just hair. Just vanity. Just femininity. And just temporary.
The power of a community
One of the reasons I started Women On A Mission was to create a space to share the stories of women doing amazing things.
When we step out on a limb to make a stand for what we believe in, we need the support of other people.
While you don't have to shave your head to support Brooke and her sister Lindsay in this stand, they do need your support. Whether it is sharing it with your community or clicking the donate button to GIVE every bit goes a long way.
** Donations are time sensitive. Brooke and Lindsay will be shaving their heads August 21st, 2018
A Message from Brooke Bryand