August - Be a Good Human

August 3, 2020

Good morning Team,

I’m still on an emotional high nearly 2 weeks after our Virtual Summit 20. I missed being with you all, but nonetheless I came away from our first virtual conference energized and inspired. As we always strive to do, everyone found ways to collaborate, celebrate and take away some key learnings to prepare for the busy season ahead. The valuable content and powerful stories from all our presenters showed boldness and strength, and our celebrity guest, Charles Barkley, certainly kicked things off with some powerful and candid perspectives. As we head into August and reflect on all we have been through together in 2020, I find myself thinking about a few simple yet profound words that Charles shared: “BE a Good Human.” At a time when so many of us have struggled to find the right words to share our thoughts and emotions on such challenging topics, his humble comments resonated so strongly with me. Plain and simple, just BE a good human.

Over the past several months, many of us have found ourselves feeling angry, helpless or perhaps even guilty while we look for answers and wish we could do more to help heal some of the pain we see around us. Whether it be from this pandemic- illness, personal loss and financial loss, or the pain and confusion from racial tensions in our country, we all wish we could do more. This healing and change is not going to happen overnight, but as Charles shared with us, we have a decision to make: we are either part of the problem or part of the solution.  What I found both comforting and reassuring from this discussion was the realization that it’s not hard to be part of the solution. It starts by simply relying on our natural “goodness” to guide our decisions and actions.

OneDigital is an organization made up of amazing humans which is at the core of our strong culture. We may not get it right all the time, but we have always focused on bringing together “good” people and striving to do the right thing.  It’s a winning formula for us and this recent conversation with Charles is a great reminder that we can do more. We can start by just doing the little things - one action at a time.  This may be going the extra mile to help a client in need, providing meals to our front line workers, listening and showing true empathy to our friends and co-workers who may be in pain, or as Charles suggests, giving someone less privileged an opportunity that they otherwise may not have had.  We can be part of the solution by doing just a little more as we strive to BE good humans.

The anxiousness and fear that I felt in the early days of this pandemic have since turned to pride, gratitude and an appreciation for the many blessings in my life. The past several months have not been easy for any of us, but I now find myself waking up each morning thinking about the opportunity to do more, to be a better human and to help make a difference where I can. Team, please join me to ensure that OneDigital is part of the solution, and that individually we understand that our words and actions do matter. I know we can all do just a little bit more as we look to become better humans each and every day.

Thank you to all my OneDigital family for who you and for the goodness that guides us. And, thank you Charles Barkley for reminding me to BE a good Human!



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