The Art of Perseverance


Overwhelmed?

If you’re like a lot of people, you likely found yourself wanting to speak up for our democracy after the 2016 presidential election.

Perhaps you started out impassioned, fearful, or furious. You called. You wrote postcards, marched, donated, and called some more.

But the breaking news is relentless. The corruption is complex. The administration’s unconscionable actions too numerous to track. In a word: overwhelming.

Sometimes you wonder: What’s the point of activism when the people in power don’t seem to listen or care? Why work so hard when nothing changes?

Fact: Civic engagement can be a slog.

The work of creating change is slow. It can feel exhausting and demoralizing sometimes. It has bright spots too—signs of progress and meaningful connections, but the threat of burning out is real. Maybe you have already.

The danger of burnout in these times is that our democracy is vulnerable. When citizens mentally check out for good, those in power can abuse their roles. More than ever, our representative democracy needs its constituents (you and me) to show up, speak up, and be part of creating change that benefits all.

How to stay engaged when you’re overwhelmed.

You can’t.

It doesn’t matter that you know how to call your senators. If you’ve run out of steam, the phone can seem impossible to dial. Pushing through burnout over and over is a toxic pattern that can make you sick.

I know this firsthand. Last August, I had a stress-related coronary event that resulted from my unsustainable approach to activism. As an introvert with a huge heart, everything about this administration offends my deepest values. I feel it all. When I took two months off to heal, I reflected on my life choices and discovered some important tools that help me persevere in a healthier way.

We’re not creating true justice if we hurt ourselves in the process. So I’m bringing back the class I offered in 2018 with important updates.

The Art of Perseverance:
Staying on the Path of Change

A 4-part teleclass to encourage and sustain your civic engagement through 2020 and beyond.

This class is strength training for your activist heart—to create hope, commitment, and perseverance for the future.

In four 45-minute calls, we’ll explore tools and strategies that help you find inspiration and get back on the path when things are overwhelming. Including:

  • How (and why) to focus your activism efforts.
  • What activities create stress, overwhelm, exhaustion, and hopelessness.
  • Which practices increase feelings of hope and motivation.
  • The one crucial practice that supports everything else.

The Art of Perseverance is offered virtually, so you can join from anywhere in the world via cell, phone, or internet. All calls will also be recorded and available for later listening.

As an educator by training, I’ve designed this class to be engaging and interactive—with worksheets, assignments, and new ideas for you to try.

A note: If you attended this program in 2018, there is new material that deepens your learning from the first iteration.

Why am I doing this?

You might know me already from the uplifting, drama-free Americans of Conscience Checklist. I love being a part of creating this tool that helps so many speak up.

What you may not know is that before the AoC Checklist, I was writing on the topic of personal and spiritual transformation (still am!). I am a seeker at heart who has walked across Spain twice on pilgrimage. I’m working on a memoir about my midlife breakthrough. I look for meaning in everything. Here’s what I know:

Activism isn’t just about what we do, it’s about who we choose to be in the face of difficulty.

Learning to work with challenges–political, personal, spiritual–is a practice anyone can develop. That’s my reason #1 for offering this class. We need more than just our senators on speed dial. We must find what moves us to show up in the first place so we engage our minds and hearts. And we then find ways to do the work in a balanced, healthy way.

The other reason for offering this program.

The election. As if the current administration hasn’t been stressful enough, the level of rancor and contempt around candidate selection is only going to intensify this year. It’s enough to wilt even the most determined citizen’s commitment.

But we need you. So this class helps you develop strategies that support and empower you to commit sustainably to the long-term journey of creating a healthy democracy.

Want to stay on the path sustainably?

Join me—and other Americans of conscience who share your hopes—in The Art of Perseverance.

All four classes are on Tuesdays at 4:00pm Pacific (your time zone) for 45 minutes. Recordings will be emailed the next day.

  • Part 1: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Part 2: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
  • Part 3: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
  • Part 4: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Postponed to March 17, 2020

Cost

Pay what you can. Yes, really.

Check your heart about the value of 180 minutes of live instruction, worksheets, weekly assignment, recordings—plus the intangible benefit of feeling inspired to persevere. Your answer is the amount you’ll pay—your choice. Or, if your finances are precarious, please accept this class as a gift from me. 

Next steps

  1. Complete the form below.
  2. Check your email for a confirmation message and details.
  3. Follow the link in the email to pay (you choose the amount).

I am hopeful about the future. I hope you’ll join me for this class so we can persevere together!

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