Tools for Inspiration
MY INSPIRATION I don't know whether to attribute this wisdom to native peoples of South America or Africa, I've seen it quoted for both. Regarding an American traveling abroad:
“On the first morning, they all woke up early and traveled fast and covered a great distance. The second morning was the same—woke up early, traveled fast, and traveled far. Third morning, same thing. But on the fourth morning, the local hired help refused to move. Instead, they sat by a tree in the shade well into the morning. The American traveler became incensed and irate and said to his translator, "This is a waste of valuable time. Can someone tell me what's going on here?" The translator looked at him and calmly answered, "They're waiting for their souls to catch up with their bodies." (Source)
May you feel empowered to find ways to let your soul catch up this week.
MY FAVE RESOURCE Seven ways to keep strong in difficult times: www.findingsteadyground.com.
AWESOME ACTION CHECKLIST This checklist for everyday Americans of Conscience is a great way to join others making a positive difference. (Disclaimer: We do not endorse all the actions on this list, rather share it as a helpful tool.) Get this week’s checklist here. Or if you need a break, here are even more self-care resources.
WOAH NO WAY When you’re feeling down, remember: hope is not lost. Many smart people are working around the clock for creative solutions to fight climate change. In fact, the tools we need are already in our hands. Programs already exist showing the way. For example, check out this program in Brazil that has brought “companies, governments, civil society organizations and indigenous peoples” together and reduced carbon emissions while increasing economic growth. (Source)
WAYS TO TAKE ACTION FOR EARTH THIS WEEK
- Find your happy place. When you feel the anxiety rise, prioritize taking a moment outdoors. A five minute walk around the block once a day (or once an hour!). A picnic at the local park. An afternoon hike or trail run. Whatever is manageable and feels like a “splurge.” The key is doing something.
- Create a self-care plan. Sometimes the best thing to do is to rest. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, use this worksheet to help get out of the rut.
- Show your support of the Paris Climate Agreement! The good news this week is that some of the president’s advisors and fossil fuel industry leaders are in favor of upholding the agreement (source). The bad news is that no firm decision has yet been made. If your self-care has you rarin' for action, contact your representatives or send a postcard to the White House today expressing your support of continuing to uphold the agreement. (source)
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