TED Tuesday: When to take a stand — and when to let it go – Ash Beckham

Ash Beckham recently found herself in a situation that made her ask: who am I? She felt pulled between two roles — as an aunt and as an advocate. Each of us feels this struggle sometimes, she says — and offers bold suggestions for how to stand up for your moral integrity when it isn’t convenient.


4 thoughts on “TED Tuesday: When to take a stand — and when to let it go – Ash Beckham

  1. This was a brilliantly told heartfelt story. The depth of emotions she must have felt standing there wanting to be an advocate for herself while not spoiling her niece’s long awaited Frozen moment must have been difficult. It’s in these moments that we find out who we truly are. Do we fight and stand up for our hurt feelings? Do we politely ignore people and pretend our feelings are not hurt? Do we accept that mistakes happen and move forward? We can speculate, but it’s not until we are put in such a situation that we truly know how we respond.

    • It’s a symptom of our current society that we always think their is a “right” or “correct” way or view that will work in any situation. What I’ve learned and I talked about it in past posts is that every situation is different and it’s ignorant to think that what works in one situation will always work. Each situation we come to in life is different and that means each choice is different as well. I love her tangent about people who claim to “not see color or gender etc” because that means you’re not really seeing her. A great reminder that it’s not about ignoring differences but acknowledging them and growing together in spite of them.

      • I agree that her tangent about “gender or color, etc…” Being important aspect to her speech. It underscores the importance of acknowledging mistakes, if/when they are made. In her speech, she mentions the woman at the Frozen check in who apologized for her mistake. The poor woman working was probably mortified at her mistake but acknowledged it by mouthing silently “I’m so sorry” to acknowledge and apologize but not bring more attention to the situation.

        Each situation we encounter is different, it’s how we know we have empathy (well, I suppose some of us might not have any! But I hope most people do to balance out the others).

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