As the king of pop, Michael Jackson so eloquently sang:
“If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change”
In Dan and Chip Heath’s book “Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard,” they teach us that there are two parts within each of us: the Elephant and the Rider. The Elephant is our emotional side and our rational side refers to the Rider. Most people would argue that it is our rational side that controls our emotions, but the Heaths suggest that the opposite actually occurs. To make change happen, they say the Elephant and the Rider have to have a perfect balance.
Advocating for an issue and attempting to get people to warrant their attention to a cause that does not directly affect them is down right exhausting. In the midst of my advocacy journey, I am learning through firsthand experiences what Dan and Chip write about: changing things is HARD. This week, I am grateful to hear the words about the Elephant and the Rider. Often times, I find myself frustrated that people don’t care about genocide or refugees or humanitarian aide efforts in general, but instead of letting “my Elephant” feel defeated, I now understand the importance of reacting with “my rider.”