I’ve seen a lot of people suffering, a lot of people I care a great deal about. And I think there’s something we can do about it. We don’t need to drop the struggle. But in times where things get dark, it can be hard to carry on. Many people have shared similar ideas, this is just one more reminder. This simple acronym occurred to me, and I figured I’d share it.
Every day, take HEART
Hope: This is the core of everything. Find your hope. Find something small, something close, something big, something far. Find your hope at the beginning of every day.
Engage: It’s tempting to just dive under the covers and stay there. To withdraw, numb ourselves on netflix, and tune out. But we’re a community, and we’re going to get through this together, and for that we need to communicate and see the world around us.
Act: Being present is also about doing. It doesn’t have to be big. It can just be about showing up and living your life. If activism is your thing, power to you.
Recover: You don’t have to be all on all the time. If you get burned out, go recharge. Turn off your phone and watch a good movie. Enjoy your family. Eat ice cream. Getting exhausted and not taking care of yourself won’t help anyone in the long term.
Think: Reflect on the people and events around you. Reflect on yourself. Find your flaws and work on fixing them. If we all shine just a little bit brighter, the darkness will recede.
It’s going to take a lot of time, there is a lot that needs to be fixed. There is no single problem, and no single cure.
It’s a tough road ahead. The way forward is to take heart.