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If You See Something, SAY Something

“If You See Something, Say Something.” Zach Galifianakis

This month I noticed a repeated theme with several clients and friends: the need to speak up about an injustice or an abuse of power. I’m going to illustrate this quote with a personal story:

Fifteen years ago, I lived in a more rural town. During that time, I regularly drove by a rather ugly home-made sign stating: “Homosexuals burn in hell.” This sign was up for at least eight weeks, and it bothered me every time that time I drove by it. No matter what your feelings are about the subject, a broadcasted and angry intention into the world doesn’t make it a better place. I waited and waited, but to my dismay, this sign remained up for weeks. It created such a hateful energy. I was perturbed.

After a while (too long), I was inspired to take action and call the town Mayor. I explained to him that I ran a business out of my home, and that my clients used the grocery store and gas stations in the area. I was deeply embarrassed that a town like ours promoted such blatant hateful speech. The mayor asked me, and then pleaded with me, to file a formal complaint. As this would be public record, and the owner of this sign would then know who I am, I said, “No, I will not jeopardize my family’s safety by doing that. You will have to find another way.”

Two days later, I received a call from the town hall informing me that the sign was down and that they achieved this by stating that he did not have a sign permit. Thank goodness! The moral of this story? I’m pretty sure that this sign would still be up today, or perhaps another more hateful one had I not said something.

I have several examples of this, but my motivation came from two sources. My first was high school psychology class where we discussed how a woman was brutally violated and eventually murdered, and no less than 100 people heard her cries for over an hour and a half, and no one called the police. Not one person. Everyone assumed that someone else would do it.

The second is a more playful one, it is from the movie “Summer School” where the class decides to write a company that makes poorly made sunglasses. Inevitably, the entire class receives a box of new sunglasses as a “thank you” from the product owners for writing a letter to them.

When my electricity went out once, I waited two hours before calling the electric company. I assumed many others had called. Out of 200 people without power that day, they informed me that I was the very first to call.

My car had a repair that was all over the internet as a potential problem. I contacted the company to find that I was the first official complaint regarding this issue. They paid for the $400 repair, and opened a department to make this repair for other vehicles.

Over and over again, I have collected repeated evidence that if you see something, SAY SOMETHING.

I look forward to hearing how this impacts you and your motivation to take action. Please email me – I’d love to hear about it!

I’m an author, private coach, professional speaker and thought leader in positive perspective. My passion is teaching individuals to access and enhance their intuitive abilities to optimize their lives.

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