I always wonder if my protest pictures should be shared on my website and social media. I second guess myself about if my causes align with my “brand”. I ask myself, will I offend any of my customers or readers? Does activism and protests somehow detract from my message to be yourself, strip away all the messages of who you should be and get in touch with you who were born to be, regardless of family expectations and societal structures?
Hell no, it doesn’t!
“Activism is my rent for living on this planet.”
I have long known that to manifest my best self, I had to grow to my fullest potential in the following areas:
We strive to elevate in these dimensions so that we can bring our best selves forward through our thoughts, words, actions and deeds to affect the world around us. The good inside of us blooms in the world around us.
“As we meditate and pray, we begin to awaken. As we read good books, we begin to awaken. As we eschew bad television, we begin to awaken. As we serve our community, we begin to awaken. As we journey towards psychological health, we begin to awaken. As we think for ourselves, we begin to awaken. As we communicate more freely, we begin to awaken. As we take up the philosophical mantle of concern for the future of life on earth and apply it as best we can to our social, professional and political endeavors, we begin to awaken ourselves and others. And in that awakening lies hope for all of us.”, “The Healing of America”, by Marianne Williamson.
How we choose to act, the professions that we undertake, the activism that we support, the change that we demand….make indelible prints upon the people around us and the societal structures that are upheld or torn down.
In manifesting ourselves, it’s important to know who we are and what we stand for and how that translates into action in the world. It’s important to know where we are perceived to fit into the structure of now and where we believe the structure needs to be improved for our future in order to serve all people better so that we can help heal the world and bring us to a greater sense of oneness.
We identify and share our passions with others, hoping to influence and encourage further support for our causes in order to maximize the momentum and push the status quo over the edge, leading us into a new era.
“Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
So yes, let us share our passions and activism without shame or self-doubt. Share your call for a better future no matter how others might try to diminish your effort or trivialize your concern. Be the voice for those who are powerless and have no voice. Be the social justice harbinger that the next generation needs but because of its infancy, is unable to voice its demands.
Activism is an integral part of not just creating who we want to be but creating a world that we want to see.
What change are you working for in the world?