27 Feb Six Questions For Every Activist
In my 50 years of showing up and speaking up, these questions have come back to me time and again:
1) Are my current efforts the most productive use of my time as an activist?
Activists march. Time marches on. Use it well. Make it count.
2) Do I have the facts I need in order to advance my position on my issue?
Strong feelings are good.
Facts and feelings together are even better.
3) Have I thought through all the possible ways I can create change on this issue?
Activists must adapt. If we seek change, we must be willing to change.
4) Am I making effective use of all the resources, contacts, networks, ideas, and strategies available to me?
There are others who agree with you. Find them!
5) Am I acting in a positive spirit for a just cause or simply reacting out of anger, fear, or even hatred?
Anger is energy! Focus it. Channel it.
Transform it into something real and positive.
6) How can I sustain myself, my friends, and my colleagues in order to continue our work?
The most important thing an activist can do for the long haul is simple.
Get a good night’s sleep. We’re going to need you again tomorrow.
Activism is a hard path to a distant mountain.