“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot, especially in the last six months. As persons witnessing first hand everyday how environments and system intersect in harmful and tragic ways in the lives of those who lack the protective factors to resist their impacts, social workers are in a unique position in society.
We have vowed not forget those experiencing poverty. As Dorothy Day said
“We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it.”
And still I find that I fall into my own insulated comforts again and again. So this quote holds a sting for me. However, this is not a guilt trip…far from it.
It is meant as an encouragement to you social worker. To you who will muster the creativity, partnership, alliances, good will, and imagination of your agency/community/and each individual that may fall to your caseload– to act. I will be there, in my own community, taking action with you.
There is no one to wait for. It is you.