Through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter, it is simple to feel close to issues happening far way, whether it about food ingredients, water quality, human rights or a range of other issues. But do we know what’s going on in our own backyards?
This is not a political blog and it will stay as such, but I can’t help noticing the palpable frustration and anxiety as a result of the current election and disenchantment with the system. I’ve lost count on the recent articles about skyrocketing stress levels and lost sleep.
It’s easy to throw up our hands in exasperation! At times like these it can be both helpful internally and effective externally to focus on things we can control, and where we can have an impact. Even with seismic systematic overalls, small changes make big differences in the long term.
In the case of politics, the laws and people we put in place to serve as our advocates locally are the ones who bring that voice to our state and federal representatives.
Do you know the names of local representatives trying to make a difference and the hot issues at hand? Take charge! Find out! You CAN have an impact.
Yes, I’m a strong advocate of owning your own health. This week I suggest you channel any stress or anxiety you may be experiencing to getting involved and being as strong an advocate for your community. Learn about the local candidates and issues up for vote on November 8. Discuss them with your neighbors and friends. If that’s not your thing, look into what key issues your community is facing and consider where you could volunteer, lend your expertise or just show support. Get the family involved -- what a wonderful way to teach our children to do the same.
Two years ago I wrote a Tuesdays with MOJO blog entry titled “Elect for you today.”
It was about the choices we make every day, and the impact they have on our health over time. The same is true about our involvement locally.
Change takes time, patience, resilience and lots of deep breathing!
I get it, we are busy, overscheduled people and often pulled in lots of different directions. We live in a beautiful world and (in the US) are privileged to live in a free country.
Please spend just 15 minutes today researching what’s going on in your own backyard, consider your point of view and do just one thing to support it.
You will not only have taken one small step toward making a difference, but you will feel proud of taking action.
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™