Hello everyone -
I haven't posted anything about the awful happenings in Charlottesville, and that is because I wanted to have a constructive response, a suggestion for how we deal.
The truth is there is a constant stream of bad news in the United States and the world right now. We are in a tough spot and its going to take some time to get to a better place. We are seeing the last throes of patriarchy, its fighting to the end with the same violence and tribalism that has fueled its ascendency for the last 3000 years.
I am not minimizing the events of the last year or so. I'm simply offering a way to get off of this nightmare roller coaster of trying to figure out how to respond to each days new bad news story.
This is what you can do: When you get clear on your personal why and create a doable intentional plan around it, one that includes joy and lightness even when times are tough, you will feel better. You will feel more empowered and the quality of your response will start to lift those around you. Going on a media diet helps, too.
I've created a chart that goes with this. Its always easier to explain and idea with a picture, right? So, take a look at the graphic above The 2 axes are your emotional state and the impact of your actions. The impact of your actions are influenced by how aligned they are with your "Why" - your values and the sphere of influence you have at this moment.
Oprah has a saying "Please be responsible for the energy you bring to this place." This chart touches on that, too. It shows you how some of your actions can keep you stuck in the gray area. Its also encouraging you to begin to own the power of your actions and respect that your attention DOES matter. Our attention is much more powerful than we give it credit for, so we often give it away, allow it to be stolen, or even controlled by the exact forces we don't want to support.
Here are some guidelines to Be the Change in your life, and minimize the effect of bad news on your actions.