Director’s Notes: Taking a Breath

Director’s Notes: Taking a Breath

By Jill Ryan

Our lives are so packed with activities and “must dos” these days I have trouble finding time to step back, take a deep breath and consider the big picture. Sometimes I feel like a tennis ball bouncing from task to task and activity to activity. This is of course true not only of our personal time but our work and activist time. It is not that we intend to take on more than we can handle, we simply take things on because we want to see change or action in things important to us.

Because I know the stress and seemingly endless list of things that “must be done” when running a grassroots advocacy campaign, I am guessing that you might feel this same stress to press on and get things done. I hope that this summer you will remember that break in the action almost always helps the situation and makes us more effective and efficient.

Whether we are spending time getting the word out about a public meeting, collecting information and research, articulating the fine points of an issue or just fighting with a particularly difficult computer issue we can always benefit from stepping back, looking at the problem from different angles and finding new solutions. I hope you can step back this summer both from the immediate tasks at hand and from the overall “must dos” of life in order to create new perspective and more fully enjoy this great place in which we live.

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.

– Anon



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