Fighting for Good
I’m not ashamed to admit that I still make a wish every time a clock reads 11:11. Nor am I ashamed to admit that I take advantage of all of the people who ignore this ritual, and wish for as many things as possible in that glorious 60 second window. It’s normally a fun impromptu break that quickly reminds me of my values, short-term goals, and lifelong dreams, which in turn justifies whatever stress I’m experiencing.
But lately it’s been ruined. My mind is so inundated with the endless list of biting words and thoughtless acts against our democracy, that what was once a hopeful exercise in happiness has become a futile plea for sanity. The worst part of it all: it can’t be stopped. Or rather, it shouldn’t be stopped. It’s more important than ever that we stay informed of the global political atmosphere, and keep our eyes and ears sharply focused on the new White House administration. Where I once rolled my eyes at a political debate on social media, I now applaud those who are most active in spreading the word on all of the important ways we can partake in our democracy. We need to stand up for our rights, the freedom of press, and the longevity of our planet. And to do that, we must be educated on the issues, and we must have clear action items.
While I enthusiastically encourage this trend in activism, I would guess that I’m not alone in also feeling overwhelmed. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, fear, anger, hopelessness, hopefulness (god bless you), or some assorted mix…it’s nearly impossible to go a day without being wrapped in. I count myself lucky to be working with a company focused on social good (in a pretty unique way), and spend significant chunks of my time every day figuring out how our product can drive the most impact. It’s a lot of good juju that eases the backdrop of my politically-charged Facebook timeline. If your day job is less mission-driven, there are always other ways to ease the pain — cooing at puppies being puppies, giggling as a panda fights a snowman, sharing childhood videos of ryan gosling. Anything to make you and the people you care about smile.
I’d like to offer an extra option. Last year, my best friend and I started a project with the mission to raise money for the environment, while also spreading positive vibes and happiness. Roots of Goodness is live, and the idea is simple. If there’s someone who has made an important difference in your life, we want you to publicly thank them. Remind them that they matter to you, remind them of your friendship, thank them for being a positive force in this world. The more we can collectively celebrate the goodness in each other, the better we can rise above the hate.
To strengthen the impact, you can optionally donate money towards global reforestation efforts. But right now, this is secondary. We need more love in this world. If you like what we’re doing, please share this with your friends and family. If you want to become a part of the project, please reach out. If you have an idea of your own that helps spread positivity, please please please build it. We could all use more happy messages filling our newsfeed.
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We’re still determining where the money raised will best be used. If you’re a leader in this area, we’d love to talk!