Way 29: What Would You Do?
We’re on Way 29 of 30, and it’s been quite a month! The end of 30 days/30 ways is tomorrow, but it actually represents the beginning of everything that comes next for you. So, for today’s Way, identify what is yours to take on using the powerful series of questions (below) created by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy to guide your inquiry. Is it a Drawdown Solution? Communicating about global warming? Bringing people together to make change in your community? Maybe even all of the above.
What would you take on if you knew you could not fail?
Why Do This Way?
Reversing global warming is a substantial undertaking. You do have a significant role to play––one that only you can identify. So take a look and see what you find.
And keep in mind this quotation from Scottish mountaineer William Hutchison Murray:
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets: Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!
Engaging with This Way
The following series of questions from Joanna Macy can focus your creativity, optimism, and commitment and help you identify your goals and next steps.
Enjoy this creative and rich inquiry.
1. If you knew you could not fail, what would you be doing as an expression of your commitment to reversing global warming?
If you were liberated from all fear and doubt and open to all the power available to you in life, what would you do to help change the direction of global warming? Note: Allow intuition and gut feeling to guide your response.
2. In pursuing this vision, what particular project would you like to undertake towards this goal? What could you actually do within a year?
It can be a new direction in something you’re already doing or something entirely new. This is a chance to get specific and narrow your focus in both content and time. Think in terms of what could be accomplished or at least well underway in one year’s time.
3. What resources, inner and outer, do you now have that will help you do that?
Inner resources include specific strengths of character and relevant experience, personal practices, knowledge and skills you’ve acquired. External resources include relationships, contacts, communities of support and networks you can draw on as well as your location, employment, real goods and money in the bank. In answering this, avoid modesty; it’s not useful here. Do a fearless inventory of all your assets.
4. What resources, inner and outer will you need to acquire? What will you need to learn and obtain to do what you want to do?
These could run from assertiveness training, to grant-writing, to researching organizational contacts, to contacting local merchants, etc…
5. How might you stop yourself? What obstacles might you throw up in the way of fulfilling your goals?
Be as honest as you can. By identifying your personal pitfalls it makes it easier to avoid them!
6. How can you overcome these obstacles?
Be creative in your thinking.
You may find that you have plenty going for you! It can be quite inspiring to see the possibilities available to us when we stop to look for them. You can download a version in Microsoft Word if it helps.
If you are moved to do so, share your answer to the first question in the comments below for the community to see.