- On-going conflicts in the middle east
- Syrian civil war and resultant refugee concerns in Europe
- European unity in crisis as a result of Brexit
- Impeachment of the South Korean president
- Black lives matter and the many other components of the cultural wars in the United States
While we are each doing our good work, try to celebrate the good work of others, rather than denigrating those who aren't fighting side-by-side. Recognize the others as soldiers in the same "Make the World a Better Place" army, who are simply engaged in other battles that are just as important as your battles.
For me, this might look like:
- Thanking people for their advocacy - in whatever form it takes.
- Refraining from sharing/repeating content that derides people for not caring about the same issues I care about.
- Positioning the asks I make of people as an option, instead of an ultimatum. Rather than saying, "Not making a donation makes you no different than the Germans who did nothing as the Holocaust was starting," I'll try this: "There are so many issues demanding our attention. If ending the refugee crisis in Europe is one of the issues that lights your fire, please consider making a donation."
- When I need to say no, say it in a way that honors the passions of the other people. For example, instead of ignoring an ask made by a friend or acquaintance, I'll try saying something like, "I honor your commitment to ending the refugee crisis in Europe. Thank you for all the work you are doing. For my part, I'm dedicating myself to addressing the policing crisis here in America. So, I'm not going to give today."
- When I feel overwhelmed, consciously remind myself of the value of the work I am doing, rather than feeling guilty about whatever it is you are NOT doing.
Will you join me in making a pledge to be a little kinder in the way you position your advocacy work?