Don’t Agonize, Organize

We’re a year into this administration, and most of us can do better. Loved ones tell me they don’t know where to start and the truth is I have been there too. 2017 was going to be a year of turning heartbreak into action. I did a march, a lobbying event, I actually published the initial version of this post in August, but I didn’t follow through. I gave into overwhelm more often than I stood up for what I believe in. Now, I’m committing to sharing one sustainable step for civic engagement each week for the next year.

diverse group of protesters

image: Abigail Gray Swartz, featuring quote by Florynce Kennedy

How do we fulfill our duty as citizens in a climate like this while ensuring sustainability for ourselves? I’m seeking that sweet spot.

I plan to develop better habits in the process. I hope to provide value to others too, so these steps will start at the very beginning. Maybe these are just reminders and maybe they are new ideas for you. If you’ve already found what works for you, do tell! This space will accommodate a range of voices, including yours.

  • Not every idea is a sustainable step for every person: We each have different resources and limitations.
  • More on this later, but I want to clarify in this first post that ultimately, the responsibility of addressing disparity lies with the privileged.
  • I can only speak directly from my own perspective. My words will be imperfect, but my vision is for us to learn together and acknowledge positive intent as we take this journey.

 

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