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I am not an activist. There, I’ve said it. I appreciate the work of those who have had that calling (and especially where I’ve benefited), but that’s not me.
Sure, I have the stuff I care about. A lot of stuff. But it gets kind of exhausting, caring about too many things. So I have to limit myself.
That being said, I care about some stuff.
Very little None of that caring is going to win me the Nobel Peace Prize, but it’s stuff worth caring about, nonetheless. I just to like to leave things better than I found them. I have a penchant for old houses and abandoned gardens. I have a heart for homeless dogs and ill-fated horses. I’m a volunteer counselor at my church. I love to teach people new skills or perspectives they were formerly lacking. In bite-sized pieces, I am improving my little corner of the world.
I’ve discovered there are lots of ways to leave the world a better place that don’t involve being an activist or making headlines in your local paper. You don’t have to speak, write, march or even talk to people. Look around. What can you make better?