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- Jana Svoboda, LCSW
- Sporadic photos and notes from a Psyche-midwife, cheerleader, anthropologist--aka clinical social worker in therapy practice. Photos are usually mine except for those of historical events/famous people. Music relevant to the daily topic is often included in a web video embedded below the blog. Click on highlighted links in the copy to get to source or supplemental material. For contact information, see my website @ janasvoboda.com or click on the button to the right below. Join in the conversation.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
January 11 Challenge: Work to Change Bad Realities
Yesterday's challenge included this line:
"What would happen if we expected reality to be just as it is?"
And taken out of context, it would appear today's challenge is asking you to do the exact opposite.
Today, think about some social, political, environmental issue that raises your blood pressure. And do something about it.
When faced with a problem, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy founder Marsha Linehan says we have four choices. We can solve it, change our perception of it, practice radical acceptance (which is NOT approval, but releasing resistance to what cannot be changed-- touched upon in yesterday's challenge), or stay miserable.
Today I want you to think about a reality you find difficult to accept-- something outside of yourself. Racism, poverty, current gun sales laws. It doesn't have to be nearly that big. Maybe you worry about classroom sizes, or lack of funding for the arts in schools.
Pick an issue, something you feel passionate about. And then do something about it. Write your local paper or local representatives. Volunteer to do the thing you think needs to get done. Change your behavior in some concrete way so you are contributing less to the problem or more to the solution.
Think about it. It was the people's refusal to accept socially constructed realities around women's rights, interracial marriage, slavery, segregation that finally changed laws that supported this injustices. When enough people make enough noise (or even more importantly, change their own behaviors), reality shifts. In the last several years, we've been faced with such overwhelming complexity in issues like education, environmental change, and information privacy, to name a few, that many of us have thrown up our hands. "What difference can one person make?"
Not much. But many drops make a stream, and many streams a river. And a river can change an entire landscape.
How will you begin? What can you do today?
Let me know,
Today's quote: “The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything” ~ Albert Einstein