Let’s Go Deeper

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By Jillian Stacia

Life has been a scary place lately.

I’ve had a hard time adjusting to our new reality. I’m frustrated. I’m angry. I’m heartbroken. I am all the feels, five thousand times a day. I’m terrified of turning on the news or checking Twitter. I want to stick my head in the sand. I want to organize marches. I want to protest until I’m blue in the face. I want to get in Facebook arguments and troll Republicans and throw things at Donald Trump signs that are still hanging up in my neighborhood.

Like I said, life has been scary.

It’s a weird time to be alive. Tensions are rising. Fear and anxiety are collectively skyrocketing. The future seems unclear. And yet, it also feels like an incredibly important era to witness. You have the sense that something big is happening – that no matter where we go from here, we will never be the same.

By now, you know the actions to take. We have work to do. The resistance is here and ready to go. And it makes you feel better to do the work, to make the phone call or send a donation or participate in a march. It feels good to show up, to back up your words with action.

But the world is big and the problems are deep and complex, and even when we do our part and take the action steps, it often feels like we’re not making a difference. At least, that’s how it feels to me. I want to do more, to make a bigger impact. I want to do my part. I want to leave it all on the table. I’m frustrated because it doesn’t seem like I can really make a difference.

And the reality is, my reach is limited. That’s just a fact. As much as I want to, I can’t go much wider. But maybe I can go deeper.

Instead of being preoccupied with large, widespread actions, let’s make more of a concerted effort to improve our own communities. I’ve decided to be the person I desperately want to meet: someone positive and loving and motivated and compassionate. I want to speak my truth even when my voice shakes. I want to show up and make the world better, even if all that means is putting my head down and doing the work in my own little corner of the world.

I may never write a bill that stops Trump from banning religions, but I can write my neighbor a thank you note. I can hold the door open for the person behind me. I can bring in coffee for my coworkers. I can do my work to the best of my ability.

Those aren’t big things, but they are important things. They are the things we need right now. They are the things that we have forgotten.

You might desperately want to participate in a protest, but are you taking the time to help the homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk? Are you making meals for your sick coworker? Are you providing your employees with the best benefits possible?

This is about Donald Trump, yes. But it’s also about us. Because we are the people who elected him to office. We are the people who forgot each other. Who abandoned each other. Somewhere along the line, we forgot that we need each other. We stopped caring about the impact we were having on the world. We are the ones who forgot about what really matters. Donald Trump is just a gruesome reminder of the fact that we lost touch of who we are and what we stand for.

Take inventory of your own actions. Where are you lacking? What can you do better? Where are you out of alignment?

Start with being positive. Be cheerful. Be forgiving and peaceful and content and funny and all the things you wish to experience in the world. Change doesn’t have to come from protests and marches and speeches. It comes from touching someone’s heart. And that can happen in our daily lives. We all have the power to make that happen.

I can’t believe a lot of the things that are happening right now. But I do believe that this needed to happen. I believe that evil exists to remind us of our goodness. That sometimes we have to experience darkness in order to reactivate our own light.

Find your light. Shine it on your own corner of the world. Don’t worry about making a difference or not doing enough. Stop trying to go wide. Go deep. Take care of each other. Show up for your community. Put your best foot forward. If everyone did that, if everyone took care of their own little piece of the pie, we would be in a much better place.


Jillian is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty on Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click HERE.

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