When I worked with college students engaged in volunteerism, we always stopped at the end of a project to talk about what the experience meant to them. Whether it was walking adoptable dogs or planting trees in a sanctuary, we’d share impressions and about the significance of our efforts. There is power in reflecting on the meaning of what we do, helping us learn.
Similarly, we’ve been engaged in working for justice, liberty, and democratic values. Our lives have changed in the last twelve months. On the anniversary of the election, it’s a good time to pause and reflect on what our efforts mean.
Pause with other activists here to consider what this year means to you, and feel free to share in the comment section below. We can learn from each other too.
1. What have you learned this past year?
In what ways have you been involved this year? Think about what you’ve discovered about yourself, community, and activism. What do you understand about democracy?
2. What do you want to celebrate from this year?
Good things have been happening. Think about what you feel proud of personally. In response to the hate and greed, reflect on the kind, courageous, and collective efforts to do more good. Which groups and individuals stand out for you?
3. What do you want to do differently going forward?
Notice whether there’s anything you want to change about your engagement. If you’ve been worn down by the effort, what could support you better?
Thank you for what you’re doing for the common good. Remember that it’s okay to take a break, just remember to come back. We need your voice.