heARTful Action: To Fight & Resist or Not

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“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. ” — Maya Angelou

heARTful is a word I made up to mean awareness from and leading with the heart. heARTful Action posts focus on how to stand up and create a culture of health, inclusion and kindness. heARTful Action posts are calls to love warriors everywhere.

“Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.” — Eckhart Tolle

When it comes to social action, a positive intention behind is important to me. I want to focus on what I want and what I for rather than what I’m against. I even refuse to put negative bumper stickers on my car, no matter how funny or clever they are.

So when I look at the current landscape and decide where to put my time and energy, I tend to go with the Eckhart Tolle approach of non-fighting, non-resisting. Fighting only puts energy into something I don’t want.

Recently, though, I’ve read good arguments for fighting and resisting:
“You may not like the idea of being purely defensive …our natural inclination is to talk about the things we’re for …. the things that move us. But the hard truth … is that we’re not [the ones setting] the agenda….” – excerpt from the Indivisible Guide

When I have the privledge of leading the conversation, I’ll do it in a positive way about what I am for and what I care about. But when someone else sets the agenda, here’s how I’m looking at it:

Fighting FOR instead of Fighting Against

Shouting NO feels like a tantrum unless I also point to what is a YES. Even in the midst of protest, it is important for me to stay clear about what I want to see happen.

Persisting FOR instead of Resisting Against

Resistance feels like tension, persistence feels like endurance. I want to continue to consistently show up and speak up about what I value the most. Not just make a fist but also point directly and insistently toward that which will make the world a kinder, more inclusive, healthier place.

And there may be times when I can get in the way and gum up the works to slow or stop something that will cause suffering. When those occasions arise, I’m up for that, too.

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2 comments
  1. Anne Henley said:

    Susan, you are a very bright lamp in some vey dim days. Thanks again & again for your inspiration.

    • You are generous. I’m glad it’s helpful. We need each other to light the way. ❤

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