I just clicked the last button and released a really big project out to the whole giant internet. It was a scary moment, and I'm still feeling a little wobbly inside. Or maybe that's just the coffee?
I got myself certified to be a provider of continuing education for fellow acupuncturists and created a 22-part video series on how to work abroad as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine. As is often the case with projects, it took considerably more time and effort than I expected. And now it's done. And that feels good.
What hasn't felt good lately is American politics.
I'm not going to discuss specifics, but even aside from presidential debates, a lot of laws have been passed or proposed lately that have some pretty serious negative consequences. It is challenging to be aware of this and not let it get me down.
But I see the ease in being an active participant in discussion, even a conscious witness of the unfolding of events, with a result in strong feelings.
Ooooh, I don't like that!
Yeah, I sure agree with this!
Wow, I can't believe that just happened....and so on.
It's like political rubbernecking, and it doesn't accomplish anything other than stirred-up emotions.
It's good to be informed, but I'd rather stop and drag someone out of the flames than simply drive by the scene and make a Facebook post about it later on.
So, I'm making productivity my new politics.
It goes something like this:
I am informed about what is going on, and then I file that information away in my noggin.
I save my heart for more important things:
What have I done?
What am I doing?
How am I being a productive member of the society I want to us to have?
Instead of wasting time spiraling into political discourse, despair over current events, or sharing copious opinions on this/that, I am going to actually make things HAPPEN.
So how does this new political system work?
What you think, feel or say doesn't matter.
It's what you do. What you make happen.
Although our happenings are very often shaped by what we feel/say/think, it is more often the case that we talk big, and then go about changing absolutely nothing in our daily lives.
Maybe you feel you don't have much space to change things, no time to do big projects. You have to go to work, watch the kids, clean the house, do the shopping, and carry on. There's not much room for productivity.
But there is, you get a vote. Lots of them, actually, and they're quite powerful. In this political system of productivity, your vote actually matters!
In fact, you're casting votes just about every day without even realizing it.
Every single dollar you spend is a vote!
When you spend money on a particular food, clothing item, in a certain shop, or on a specific activity, you are voting for that thing to thrive.
This applies to your food choices: how was it made, where was it sold?
Consumer goods: big box stores, shopping local, or buying used?
Does your money go to buying more stuff, or are you voting for state park visits, a local winery, a music event?
What is it you want to see more or less of in our world, and how can you vote for that?
What you vote for with your dollars then continues to be produced.
What you don't vote for with your dollars can slowly cease to thrive.
The most powerful vote we all have in this world today is our currency.
Lip service is empty and meaningless.
Spend your dollars like you are consciously casting a vote and empower yourself to actually PRODUCE the world you want to live in.