What Can One Person Do?
30 Days of Climate Action and Inspiration
If the world feels dark and scary, or void of joy, positive energy and beauty, it might just be time for TLC.
How are you?
I'm really asking.
Is this 30 Day series going much too fast? Just right? Are you eager for more? Check in with yourself. And if you need to take a few days off, that is okay.
Today and tomorrow we pause a bit to examine the deeper WHY... our motivation for this work.
Remember Will Keepin's Principles of Spiritual Leadership? . Another key principle is this: "The motivation underlying our activism for social change must be transformed from anger and despair to compassion and love."
You may have been at this for awhile... so, yes, this includes self-compassion and self-love.
This work of living a new story is, in part, an exercise in physical, mental and spiritual health--and most activists and sensitive souls understandably struggle with these. If the world feels dark and scary, or void of joy, positive energy and beauty... you aren't helping.... or specifically, your energy isn't helping. It might just be time for TLC (tender loving care). Maybe a nap is enough.
Whatever we plan to grow in the world will depend on the nutrients in the soil of our own health and well-being first.
Our state of mind is directly proportional to the amount of self-care we practice. This starts with caring for our physical body--good sleep, nutrition, water, exercise, and then our emotional and spiritual health--good relationships, connections and practices. If you are not doing these things, do NOT beat yourself up or try to implement everything at once. Be gentle with yourself--perhaps commit to taking one small step in the right direction this week.
Take this self-care assessment.
In fact, take this assessment as often as you would like --I personally review these items once a month or so just to check in with myself.
Is there one area of self-care that you can commit to improve in the coming weeks? What "tiny habit" can you initiate today to begin?
Above all, be gentle with yourself,
Denise Rushing is an author, blogger, and environmental designer She is passionate about human-scale solutions to global challenges and creating a more beautiful future.