Journaling Prompts to Focus Your Activism

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. -Harriet Tubman

 

The Resistance has been in high gear since millions of women join forces in January to officially stand up for what we believe in and stand with those that are most vulnerable under the current administration. That may seem like a long time ago and although we have had some victories, there have also been setbacks and being asked to do so much in the midst of our family and work commitments, has left many of us feeling weary.

If this sounds like you, take a few minutes using these journal prompts to be intentional about how you want to focus your activism. This is the perfect time of year, to take a step back as there are an infinite number of important options, but without intentionally considering and deciding on a direction, you may be weighed down by too much activity or a lack of fulfillment in how you are spending your time. Although developed specifically for Activist activities, they can be applied to other areas of your life as well: 

    1. Make a list of the local or world issues, problems or subjects are most important to you? (e.g., voter suppression and GOTV, Russian election interference, environment, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, healthcare, etc.)
    2. Now look at your list. Is there one that you feel called to? Or one that when looking back in five years it would be most important for you to have contributed? Or one that you feel is most urgent? Circle it.
    3. Optionally, are there particular skills that you can offer to support or lead the Resistance in this area? (e.g., writing, legal counsel, etc.) Or is there one particularly group that you feel connected to and committed to?
    4. Write down your one issue and/or the one skill, activity or group you’ve included. (e.g., My issue the Environment and focusing on the Environmental Voters Project; GOTV and helping to flip the Congress in 2018; Women’s empowerment and AWE) Decide how much time each day (or week) you’ll commit to your issue over the summer. 5 minutes or 5 hours, you decide.
    5. Write down one activity or group that you can QUIT (yes! quit!). You’ll be much more productive and impactful with focus.
    6. Name one self-care activity you will also commit to. It can be a creative pursuit, running, binge watching Netflix, or you name it.
    7. Your one area of focus doesn’t preclude you from helping out on other campaigns or activities when you can. Type “RESIST” to 504-09 for an easy way to fax a note to your Senators and Representatives anytime.)

 

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