By Tino Mantella
I have been working for Turknett Leadership Group over the past five years, and in 2020, we moved our global headquarters to the sixth floor of the Crescent Centre in Tucker, GA. It’s a pretty spot with grade-A office space and a beautiful pond located directly behind the building.
During my first few weeks on the job, I noticed a goose with a broken wing.
I have kept an eye on this particular bird. Frankly, I am amazed that it’s still alive after five years and still hanging out at this same pond. To me, that’s the good news. The bad news is that he or she (I went to Google to find how to tell the difference and I am NOT going to do what they suggest to do, so I will say in suspense) is shunned by all the other geese because of its broken wing. This goose has been living alone for five years. During this time, I have never once seen the broken-winged bird in the gaggle. I am not going to get all scientific on you as to why, but it’s exclusionary.
I wanted to share this story because we as humans are no better than these geese. When we look around at what’s happening in the Middle East and other parts of the world, we have a long way to go. And racism and antisemitism are alive and well in the good ole USA.
This isn’t meant to be a political statement, but it begs the question: Are we getting closer to MLK Jr’s sentiment to judge people based on the content of their character and not on the color of their skin, or any other basis such as religion, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, etc.
It’s beyond time that we as people, cities, states, countries, and as one world do better. So, show others kindness and compassion and make sure they are included. Let them know that they have a spot at the table (or in this case, the pond).