I can’t stop rape by myself, but I can refuse to tolerate inappropriate and disrespectful behavior from the men (and women) in my classes. I can show students resources, and issues, and hope to inspire a new generation of activists.
I can’t fix the American education system, but I can tutor and give scholarships. And I can fix math anxiety in my own students. I can present them with research about the advantages of a growth mindset.
I can’t fix the problems with unwanted animals in the country, but I can donate to shelters and save a couple of kitties. Of course, we have our own fixed, too.
I can’t feed the world, or give everybody books to read, but I can donate to the local food shelter and local book program.
While it’s true that where you live and what you drive will have bigger impacts on your wallet and on the planet than the latte factor, if the latte factor is all you feel able to address right now, start with that.
Some flossing is better than none; it’s not quite but almost as good as daily flossing.
Writing 1 sentence a day may be a suboptimal way to write a paper, but it’s hella better than waiting for the perfect time or inspiration, and sometimes it leads to an entire paragraph. Boice is all about this with his daily sessions. 15 min of writing is better than none and leads to greater things.
All-or-nothing thinking leads to burnout, discouragement, apathy. One thing at a time.
Snowball your debt– even small contributions will add up over the long term when you have high interest.
Instead of the bestest blog post ever, we’ll post this one now, so you can all start the conversation with us.
I sound pretty disgustingly hopeful here, eh?
Some days you dismantle patriarchy; other days, the most radical action you have energy for is turning off the TV.
What radical action did you do today?