Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Showing Solidarity

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Solidarity. Unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group (according to the Oxford English Dictionary). So what does it mean to show it? I think a big part of it is precisely that – showing it, not telling it. Showing up. Showing you care.

Here’s a list along these lines, of ways we can show solidarity.
  1. Being there and making an effort. You only regret the things you don’t do.
  2. Looking for ways to help people, without thinking ‘what’s in it for me?’
  3. Reaching out to people. Making connections. Making conversations.
  4. Making time for people. Entertaining their conversation topics.
  5. Being polite. Holding the door open. Sharing.
  6. Appreciating the people around you. Paying someone a compliment.
  7. Thinking about what your actions mean to other people.
  8. Having a sense of humor. Sharing jokes. Laughing with other people.
  9. Seeking help from other people when you need it. Sharing your trials and tribulations.
  10. Being loyal and showing support.
Among other things, solidarity builds social capital. And Loyalty Beyond Reason.

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