We shot and released this video September 1, 2018, as part of our monthly theme:  Monday Gets Brave.  Today, August 2020, we are starting the monthly theme of Monday Gets Courageous. In the wake of everything happening in our world today, we thought this video nails it.  These brave men have a message that we ALL need to hear.

The year 2020 has asked a lot of us. We have had to process so much change and uncertainty. We have had to get creative and find new ways to make things work. We have suffered loss. Whether or not we knew one of the over 150,000 people who have lost their life to COVID-19, we have all felt it deeply. We have had to face century old systems that don’t work for everyone the same, and come to terms with our own personal, as well as systemic, biases. And we are about to head right into the eye of another storm—the 2020 Presidential Election. Of course there have been glimmers of hope and joy and celebration, but there is no question that life hasn’t been the same this year. However, in all of the chaos and confusion, let’s not lose sight of the fact that we have all been asked to step up to the challenge to make things better… and most of us have accepted the mission. We have worn our masks, we have kept our distance, and we have found new ways to work from home and support online learning for our children. We have taken a knee and joined the movement in order to make it clear that, yes, Black lives do matter to us. But there is still work to be done. The “we” needs to be bigger. It needs to include more people. So, this month, let’s lean even harder on the thing that has driven us so far. It’s called courage. You have shown it all year. Now let’s take it to the next level. Being courageous matters.

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