January 1, 2018
It’s New Year’s Day yet again. It’s that special day when we promise we will get in shape, lose weight, eat right, be better people. But, what can we really do that’s actually doable? What is really meaningful? Here are 5 suggestions…..I’d love to hear a few more!
- Examine your faith. Don’t believe because someone with authority in your life told you to, at some point. I admit that this process is really, really hard, and it leads to confusion and, quite frankly, some depression. But, I think it’s important work. Read what scholars have to say about your belief system, discover this history of your religious identity, thoughtfully consider where your scriptures came from and what they really mean. In the end, I think it’s making me a better, stronger person, and it will you too.
- Exercise – everyday. It only takes 30 minutes out of your day – that’s the length of a sitcom, so don’t tell me you don’t have time. Go on Craigslist and buy an old exercise bike, elliptical, or treadmill….jump around with videos on Amazon Prime or YouTube, go for a walk if you live in a place that isn’t covered in snow. I absolutely, 100%, positively, promise you that you will look better, feel better, be better.
- Volunteer. It doesn’t have to be every week, or even every month, but commit to volunteering from time to time. Save your paperbacks for military members, donate cloths to the Goodwill, serve food at a soup kitchen, walk dogs at the animal shelter. The opportunities are endless.
- Do a little something, everyday, to reduce your contribution to climate change. Take the bus to work instead of driving on occasion, use chemical-free laundry detergent, ride your bike to the grocery store instead of driving, eat less meat.
- Keep Your Leaders Accountable: Write letters (constantly!) to your elected officials, or better yet – run for office yourself. (I don’t have thick enough skin – I salute you if you do!) March in protest marches, raise hell when leaders do things that negatively affect the poor and the environment, make change in your own community. Always be peaceful. Always be loud. Join me for the upcoming Women’s March! Don’t sit idly by while the current Administration does everything in its power to make the world a (not) better place. Find the march nearest you here: http://womensmarchca.com/jan2018/.
Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly. Mahatma Ghandi
Psalm 94:16 (NRSV): Who rises up for me against the wicked? Who stands up for me against evildoers?
Serve all with love.
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