FROM DENISEMPLS: I’ve been angry, heart-broken, and silent since the not guilty verdict was announced July 13. Frustration without action is dangerous. Finally, this Jamie Utt’s Change from Within blog offers actions all of us can take to move past our grief, and to do our part to create a society that values people of all colors.
In the days since George Zimmerman’s acquittal was announced, I have been at a loss for words. And perhaps that’s good. I have shared a lot of other people’s words, most of them feminist activists of Color, and in this time, perhaps those are the voices that most need to be heard. There is not much I can say right now, nor is there much I should say. Now is the time for people like me – people of race, class, and gender privilege – to listen.
As we listen and reflect, though, it is important that we are not simply get stuck in despair and inaction. Collection action toward justice is truly the only thing that will ensure the travesty of the death of Travon Martin (and the injustice in our “justice” system that it represents) is not lost or forgotten.
Usually I am full of energy this time of year. The warm – sometime hot – weather and the abundant sunshine naturally get my engines revving.
Typically, I’m busting with motivation to be more physically active, revitalize my social calendar, take on home improvement project, tackle a professional development project or learn something for fun.
Not this year.
It’s been unusually rainy and cold in the Twin Cities. I’m starting to wonder if spring will ever come …
Instead of waiting for an external cause to motivate me, like the weather, it’s time to stop making excuses and rev my own engine, so to speak.
Care to join me?
What tips do you have for boosting your energy or getting yourself out of a rut?
“You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
Not sure where to start? It’s not complicated. Here’s a list of things to do when you want something from life but are not motivated or not sure where to start.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain
Bonus: Because summer is coming, sunshine or not, I’m nominating Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” as our summer anthem.
Leave a comment with your suggestions for positive energy boosters.