Good morning, everyone :-)
Do this today. You’ll feel better & it will help you get shit done.
In relation to the recovery post the other day, a reader brought up her similar feelings as a disabled woman about activism….feelings that had me nodding in agreement!
Don’t make the mistake of labelling Hashtag Activism on Twitter as “slactivism”. Hashtag activism gets things accomplished. Everyone who can use the technology can be an activist in that way. Not only is your voice being heard, you’re spreading the word. Calls are made. Protests are staged. Donations are made. Change can be made.
(One thing I need to say about hashtag activism…. If you see a campaign or petition on Facebook, please go to twitter and search that hashtag there. There is a lot of information lost when hashtags are carried over. You can follow the hashtag on twitter to keep up to-date to the second. If you repost on Facebook, make sure you credit the origins of the movement correctly and check for the newest info first )
Not everyone is ABLE to be a boots-on-the-ground activist. Me,personally? Busy family life plus not having transportation or disposable income limits me but I can do A LOT from my living room. I can make phone calls,send emails, use my social media. I can use my house as a drop off and distribution point for food,clothing, and other things local people need. I can host organizational meetings. I can do what I can from where I am.
“Just because I’m not at the food bank handing out food, doesn’t mean I’m not contributing to the cause of ending hunger.”
I know a few people celebrating big steps in their recovery right now. Now matter where you are in your own recovery process, it’s all big & important.
I’m including here this important message from Hood Habesha :
HEALING IS REAL WORK. HEALING IS REAL WORK. HEALING IS REAL WORK. PRIORITIZING “PRODUCTIVITY” OVER HEALING AND WELL-BEING AND SURVIVAL IS CAPITALIST, AND SHAMING PEOPLE INTO BURNING THEMSELVES OUT IN ORDER TO KEEP YOUR ORGANIZATION AFLOAT (KEEP YOUR FOUNDATION BASED PAYCHECK COMING) AND THEN DISCARD THEM IS FUCKED UP. SO MANY COMMUNITY ORGANIZING SPACES ARE ABLEIST AND ARE INACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH TRAUMA THE SPACES “INTEND” TO PREVENT OR BRING JUSTICE TO. SO ONCE AGAIN… HEALING IS REAL WORK AND WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF LOOKING DOWN YOUR NOSE AT FOLKS WHO CANNOT GET AS MUCH “DONE” AS YOU… MAYBE YOU OUGHT TO CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE, OR SHARE HOW YOU GOT TO THE HEALED SPACE YOU ARE AT, AND EVALUATE IF YOU MIGHT ONLY VALUE *YOURSELF* ON WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE WORLD… REGARDLESS OF THE COSTS TO YOUR OWN BEING OR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS. THINGS I HAVE LEARNED THE HARD WAY…QUOTE FROM TUMBLR ROSAS-SYLVESTRES
I see so much of this and it’s important for everyone to hear and acknowledge. If you follow me on Twitter, I swear you’ll see me rant nearly daily about things tied into this. (My gratitude to my Twitizens who listen patiently )
“When you didn’t eat, you made sure we did.”
I know that part resonates with a lot of you out there reading this.
I’m a huge fan of Paying it Forward. I even offer little freebie Pay It Forward listing in my Etsy shop sometimes. One of the times I felt the most insulted in my whole life was when a woman insinuated that I was ungrateful for assistance and told me I needed to learn about paying it forward. Obviously, she didn’t know me, so her opinion is ultimately invalid but the very idea to suggest this was a concept beyond my comprehension. And perhaps more than that…. a concept no poor person would understand.
My personal experience, which is not scientific nor maybe even that worldly, is that poor people are the most generous people out there. Even when they don’t have money, they will find ways to help others…clothing, extra food, time,energy,help,support, kind words. Even sometimes money. Not a lot of money but no one understand more than poor people that “every little bit counts”.
So, I’ve just been thinking a lot about this over the weekend. My friend Nichole (who I met through my other blog quite some time ago and who I truly do consider a friend) started a fundraiser for my new mouth. I recognize supporters’ names as being people I know are also really poor folks.
My first inclination is to yell at them all and threaten to come kick their butt for donating anything (don’t think I won’t do it!) but …I mean..
Ok, I’m kind of speechless. I’m deeply moved by the generosity of people , most of whom only know me through my voice on this blog. I have oodles and oodles of gratitude this morning. Thank you so much,everyone. I’ll have a lot to pay forward and I actually look forward to it.
Also important to remember: lack of financial & career success and economic hardships don’t mean you’re a failure. People use that amount in a bank account to determine wealth but don’t fall into that trap of aligning your value with a dollar. When you’re struggling financially, the whole world around you seems to be telling you that you’re a failure. It helps to remember the stuff you’re good at and the successes you’ve had in life . It also helps to keep hold of ideas and plans of where you want to go in life.