The last couple of weeks have been bumpy; the usual dissenting voices have picked up the party line and it’s been a struggle to focus on the positive conversations.
Reminding myself of the old management trick of focusing on one step at a time has helped – instead of jumping ahead and fixating on unachievable goals – but so has this project.
I’m great at losing momentum – I go hell for leather on a project then have the logistical, less creative steps affect my enthusiasm. But I’ve reached the second month and I’m still taking photos and training myself to think about what I have – not what I haven’t. It’s also making an impact on other projects – my hopes of running a participatory photography course are a tad closer.
The kind stranger has continued to send me fascinating photos and info about my uncle and, combined with the human rights atrocities in Russia, I’m tapping into personal strength – standing up for what is right and what I want.
Whilst reading about the hideous crimes inflicted on Russia’s LGBT community, I stumbled across Edmund Burke’s inspirational quote: “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” We have the power and responsibility to ensure human rights abuses are tackled head on. Martin Niemueller’s quote dares us not to take a stand:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.