Lifting each other

We live in strange and challenging times, full of uncertainty and reasons for fear. It can be difficult to know what to do in face of such enormous challenges. My advice is, think small. It’s perhaps more obvious to think that you, personally should be doing something dramatic. To feel that you personally should be sorting out climate change, or fixing your country’s political system, or ending the pandemic or saving the rainforests… And, unable to see what you can even do on that scale, you may end up paralysed and doing very little.

Think small. Ask yourself what you can do today that might make the day a bit better for someone else. Maybe it’s a cat photo on Facebook. Maybe it’s amplifying a cause on Twitter. There is undoubtedly someone you can help in some small way. Do it. Do it every chance you get and use that focus to make sure you don’t end up overwhelmed, frozen and unable to do anything at all.

Ask how we might lift each other. Look for the projects, the activities and the opportunities that lift more people, create support or visibility, do something to make change. Again, you do not have to be engaging with a global crisis directly for this to be worth doing. Look for local projects that help people in your area. Look for local environmental and sustainability projects. Often there’s overlap – the project getting kids on bicycles will help with social issues and environmental issues at the same time. These things are all related, social justice and environmental care go together so start where you can and trust that it will help with wider issues too.

It is so easy to be pinned down by fear. It is so desperately easy to be persuaded of your own powerlessness. However, if everyone got stuck in and did whatever small things they could do, we would see rapid change. We can make significant cultural shifts out of people being kinder to each other – just that alone would do a tremendous amount of good and help push our societies in better directions. Think small, it can be a powerful, radical ambitious choice that gets a lot done.

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

4 responses to “Lifting each other

  • Mel N

    in the spirit of your post, I will say that your words today were perfect for me, very timely. 🙂 (first time commenter)

  • Yvonne Aburrow

    Completely agree. I have a saying, “we all rise together”. When Pagan authors review each other’s books, or promote each other’s blog posts, projects, books, etc, we all become more visible. And, a plea to Pagans generally: if you like a book that you have read, please post a review on Amazon, LibraryThing, and Goodreads, or if you are boycotting Amazon, ask your local library or bookshop to stock it.

    The same applies to small acts of kindness, whether it’s stopping for a chat with a neighbour or with a homeless person, or whatever you can do – quite often these small acts don’t even cost money.

    And it also applies to activism. Not everyone can afford to quit their day job and become a full-time activist, and some of us are limited to only sharing things on social media (especially during the pandemic) but even if you are showing solidarity and raising awareness, that’s not nothing. (I saw a tweet recently accusing people of performative allyship, which may be so, especially if you only post social justice stuff when everyone else is also doing so – but for some people, tweeting and blogging and Instagramming and signing petitions is all that is available right now.)

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    […] I have been thinking about solidarity for a while, but I was prompted to write this post by Nimue Brown’s latest post, Lifting Each Other. […]

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