The news cycle in the US right now is so dramatic. There is so much division and, well, insanity. Insanity by my definition is lack of clarity, a lack of right action. Insanity is a movement mostly propelled by deep-seated fear, and an avoidance of truth. And this is a perfect storm for triggering our despair and disconnection.
When it feels like there is no clarity, and no right action, we can be overwhelmed by the fear. And every day there is something to trigger our fear. It’s a global movement. Leaders all over Europe are gathering to advance a very righteous, religious and limited vision for the future. All propelled by fear. Not clarity.
So I want to invite you to empower yourself. This may be the very storm needed to step up to your real agency in the world. You have agency and you have a voice. And both of those things are very, very valuable.
There is nothing like a good storm to force one into action. This week we had so much rain on my property—very literally a big-ass storm! It put so much water in the ground that a small part of my mountain came down over the driveway. I was out there shoveling mud for hours. These intense movements are here so we can feel the pressure and have to act.
So, lets keep this very short and very simple.
What can you do to empower yourself? What action is needed?
1. Call your senator or government representative
Call your government representatives today and tell them to vote NO on the nomination(s) that you can’t support. Call again and tell them you don’t support the new bill that has been signed. Call them every day and make a short and simple and clear request of them:
“Hello Senator ___________, my name is _________ and I’m a grateful constituent. I would like you to block __________’s nomination because they are unqualified. [and/or] I would like you to block the _________ bill because it infringes on my rights and it doesn’t represent my values.”
Call every day! If you live in the USA, call the United States Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Google the number for your representative in your country if you don’t have it by the phone already.
2. Follow the leaders you admire on social media.
They are planning and acting and you can support those actions. Follow them all, there are many inspired actions happening.
FYI: These are the leaders of the Woman’s March…
Tamika Mallory: Senior Adviser to Obama
Carmen Perez: Executive Director Gathering for Justice
Linda Sarsour: Executive Director Arab-American Association
Bob Bland: CEO Manufactour New York
Vanessa Wruble: CEO Questlove: Socially Aware Media
Cassaday Findlay: Freelance Communications Specialist
Janaye Ingram: Freelance Consultant, past director of National Action Network
Paola Mendoza: Award Winning Filmmaker
Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood
Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance
Marianne Williamson: Award winning Author and Activist
Gloria Steinem: Award winning Author and Activist
Angela Davis: Author and Activist
Harry Belafonte: Singer Songwriter
LaDonna Harris: President of Americans for Indian Opportunity
Delores Huerta: Humanitarian and Labor Rights Leader
3. Make donations to the services and organizations you care about.
Even a $5.00 donation is action, support, and voice for what you care about.
All of these actions might seem small, but internally they create a sense of empowerment in yourself. That goes a long way to feeling inspired instead of feeling a sense of isolation, frustration and disconnection. And this world is a mirror. In reality, how you feel and how you act is real power, and that gets reflected into the mirror called “the world”. You can feel empowered and inspired and active. This will mirror change back to you. This is the perfect storm to activate!