I write a lot about creativity, empowerment, and agency in this blog. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post called Creative (Building) Blocks reminding readers that it’s better to put a few words on a page than no words at all. With everything going on in the world, I’m realizing it’s not enough to apply this to your art. You’ve got to apply it to your life as well.
The reality is, Kat and I are older women who are not in the best shape physically. Every time I see a protest, or a rally, or heck, a great convention or concert, one of the first things I have to ask myself is, are we physically able to do this?
Sadly, quite often, we are not. And that can be extremely frustrating.
The last week has had me extremely depressed. When I look at the world, I see so many things that need to be done, so many injustices going unchecked, and I think, “what am I doing?” Yes, I am active online. I call my Congress members. I keep myself informed, and share that information with as many people I can in order to fight the rising tide of misinformation that is chipping away at the ideals I hold dear.
But sometimes I need to do something that is tangible. Sometimes, it feels I am just screaming into the void with no real affect in the real world. And then I remembered my post.
Show up. Do something. Put words on a page, put a dollar in the collection, help someone across the street. Even if you can’t do a lot, do something. One little thing, done by millions of like-minded souls, turns into a million things that make life better.
So I did something. I started a fundraiser to raise money for the National Immigration Law Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income. My goal is to raise $5000 before the end of July 2018. At the time of this writing, I’ve raised $20. But it’s $20. That’s $20 more than I had raised before, and $20 less than the enormous amount this group needs to help the poor people suffering at our borders today.
This is something that matters to me. I can’t march in front of a detention center in 100+ degree heat, but I can do this. I can do something. And if we each do even one thing, one small thing to make the world a better place, we will create a tidal wave of good.
Just as every word on a page can contribute to creating a beautiful story, ever act of goodness can contribute to creating a beautiful world.
So, let’s not just scream into the void, my friends. Let’s put our hands together and do something, even if it’s just one single, small thing.
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