ELLE (Canada) - - Zeitgeist -

Paola Men­doza, co-artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Amer­i­can Women’s March, told us that one of the big­gest mis­takes she sees would-be ac­tivists make is al­low­ing rage to be the fo­cus of their work. “Anger is an emo­tion that de­pletes you,” she ex­plains. “It might fuel you at first, but over time it takes away your en­ergy. It clouds your vi­sion. It weighs you down. But if we are or­ga­niz­ing out of a place of love, then we will never be­come de­pleted be­cause love is in­fi­nite. Ev­ery ac­tivist must iden­tify what it is they love and al­low that to be the rea­son they fight ev­ery day.” Of course, this doesn’t mean ig­nor­ing or re­press­ing rage. “Trust me, I’m an­gry right now,” says Men­doza. “But I know I can be in this fight for the long haul be­cause it is love that is guid­ing me.” As ac­tivists, we are primed to see what’s miss­ing, not what we have. To keep your­self grounded in pos­i­tiv­ity, use a men­tal grat­i­tude jour­nal: Ev­ery night, list three things that you’re grate­ful for. (Mine usu­ally in­clude choco­late or fam­ily.) Ap­pre­ci­at­ing your gifts makes you bet­ter able to use them in the ser­vice of oth­ers. h

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