“The fourth in this list is to follow our inner compass of gladness. Gladness is really paying attention to what lights us up with enthusiasm, what lights us up where we feel good about what we’re doing. There’s a lovely quote here around “vocation is where our deep inner gladness and the world’s deep needs meet.”
There’s a sweet spot in activism where we’re doing a piece of work that we feel called to do, that we feel like first of all it registers on our inner scale of ‘this is important’, but it also draws on our particular unique enthusiasms and strengths and interests, where our particular calling meets the world’s deep needs. If you get those two coming together, we feel “I’m in the right space, I’m doing the right thing”.
If we can find our sweet spot of activism, but also recognising that there’s a dose effect here. Because too much of a good thing can exhaust us. There’s a saying that “the poison is not the substance but the dose.” Even if you find your sweet spot, if you do it too much you can end up a bit like a monoculture agriculture where you are not paying attention to the feeder parts of the system.