*** YOUR DAILY DO'S - TUESDAY, 6 PM *** Katie Anthony
I had some time last week (thanks to the generosity of the rest of the Do's team) to take a step back from day-to-day activism and consider the real identity and potential of this group. I know that my journey with Indivisible started at the most emotionally complex and draining time of my life. When I joined this group, I saw this in you too - our grief, our rage, our paralyzing fear, and above all else our desperation to not be paralyzed, to get out there and FIX THIS.
We started running in fear, not looking at anything but the ground that lay beneath our next steps. That's okay. It was our fear, and our courage to speak up and join, that connected us and drove us to make so many phone calls that the Senate's phone systems broke, write letters, join hands in marches and protests. That fear was what needed to be in us at that point, to scare us out of complacency.
But we're here now - 4 months into this thing, and if we have discovered one thing it is that fear burns hot enough to get us running, so hot that it could consume us.
Every one of us has to do this work tonight: Recognize the power and price of running off of fear. Begin to understand how you can choose a life that nourishes you, and keeps you strong for the work ahead.
Truth: This group continues to be motivated primarily by fear and anger - that's okay, it's a scary and enraging time. But remember that fear and anger take up space in your mind and heart that could be filled by love, joy, and purpose.
Here's your homework for tonight:
1. What are your top three activism priorities or issues?
2. What activities do you find depleting, discouraging, and/or stressful? (ie. not sleeping enough, social media, news, etc.)
3. What activities do you enjoy that nourish your body, mind, spirit, and soul?
Make a plan:
1. What activities will you cut out for the next week so you feel less stress or depletion?
2. What activities will you do in the next week to nourish yourself?
3. In a week, assess how you’re doing and keep with the plan, or modify it.
If there's enough interest, I'd love to create a club of sorts so that people who are ready to work this list and move mindfully toward creating their own activism can support each other!
Source for these questions: AmericansofConscience.com.
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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