This Tuesday I’m heading off to Europe with my boys for nearly six weeks. We haven’t spent time with our English family and friends since the start of the pandemic, and well, it’s overdue. During this time, I’m going to take a break from publishing my Weekend Reads, The Know Show, and all normal work.
The reason? I’m tired. But it’s not just me, because I know you’re tired too. We’re all tired. Exhausted. Done in. In fact, the news of Roe Vs Wade being overturned last night didn’t even make me feel outraged. Just tired. So tired.
Tired of all the idiocy I see around the world.
The rage that is driving us apart.
The ignorance of what is before our eyes.
The apathy, the non-thinking, the slide into chaos that is not good for any of us.
We cannot allow it to happen my friends, we just can’t.
I love doing my Weekend Reads, because through this, I am working hard to show anyone who’s willing to listen – as gently as I possibly can, even though I know it’s scary – that we are in a very dangerous time for humanity, on multiple levels. I do this because I believe information that matters MUST get our attention, versus constantly being distracted by shiny things, and there are so many shiny things distracting us….
However, doing work like this is not easy. It’s not easy at all. Those who know me know I don’t do this for ego or for any benefit. I do it because I have such a deep fear for our future and I want to alert my community to the dangers we face, as well as what we can do to make sure we don’t go there. The future is not written. It’s ours to write and we still have time.
But all of this has a cost, and in 2022, the cost has been very high. Just the weekly ‘news bombs’ on the environment are like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Truly, I have NEVER seen a rhythm of environment news as we are witnessing this year, and it is ALARMING.
So, if you have people in your community who are really paying attention to what’s going on in the world and like me, are trying to help other’s see the incredible dangers we face, please make sure you’re doing a couple of things for them.
- Support the work they’re doing, because if it doesn’t reach a bigger audience, it can be very demoralizing for them. This work is about waking people up, and it needs to be heard and seen. If it’s not being heard and seen, the champions in your community may start wondering why they bother. We don’t want that to happen, we really don’t
- Second, check in on them. They are doing the hard yards at a very challenging time for humanity. Your support and care will mean the world to them. They also can’t be strong all the time, even though it might appear that they are! No one is superhuman
If you’re one of the people paying attention, you know that our future, and our children’s future is on the line. You also know, it’s up to every single one of us to start paying attention – no matter how ugly the truth is. Because if we don’t have the courage to face what is happening in the world now, it’s only going to be harder for all of us later.
Please, try not to get angry or frustrated with those not ready to see. The awareness tipping point is coming, but anger and frustration will not help us achieve it. Scream into your pillow perhaps? It helps me.
But that’s the big struggle right now, especially when you’re looking this time right in the face. We know that if we start acting immediately, it will still be challenging, but it will be easier now than if we keep waiting. The longer we close our eyes and ears to the challenges that must be addressed, the harder and more chaotic it’s going to be for all of us. Deep despair and misery lie ahead the longer we wait. Now, it’s possible to achieve something, the longer we wait to act…
However, the most important truth is, we need consensus. Massive consensus. It is only then that we can achieve what many don’t believe is possible. But building consensus is exhausting!!
So, it’s time to have a bit of a break from all that heaviness and if you need to take a break, please do it. This tiredness is not something a day off or even a week off can help, it needs much more time. It’s a bone aching kind of tiredness, right? The sort of tiredness that goes deep into your soul.
I am ready to rest, reflect, think, and detach from the world now. And I’ll come back, strong again, and I’ll keep going, hoping I can help people see what is necessary, hoping I can contribute to the army seeking to build consensus, so we can move forward, united, and address the very important issues we must act on, as quickly as possible.
Friend’s content and mine
I was delighted to record this podcast with Bavani Periasamy. Bavani is a gratitude advocate (among many other things) and she told me recently she’s been struggling, as others don’t believe she has the right to talk about negative feelings, because, well… she’s a gratitude advocate. We all have the right to struggle. Have a listen. Even gratitude advocates struggle sometimes…
If everyone gave #just10percent of their time, talent, money or voice, we’ll change the world. Can you donate? Make it a regular donation to the World Food Programme. Or donate to the UN Refugee Program, PowerOf , Kiva.org , Soi Dog Foundation. It’s a time for giving and taking care of each other.
Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading or watching this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
This is all just a part of a natural cycle, right
Business and technology
Social issues and humanity
Teachers the fall guys for a failing system (smh.com.au) tks Phillipa Edwards
Passion, humour, history
The Black Hole | Future Shorts tks Joe Augustin
The tiny mites that have sex on our faces have a problem – BBC News tks Andrew Psarianos
If you made it this far, see you when I get back.
Three environment resources to help navigate this challenging territory. 1. Knowledge, constantly updating. 2. Individual action and awareness, so we do our part. 3. Resources for those struggling with eco-anxiety. Please share with your community.
Uncommon Courage: an invitation – my latest book
Uncommon Courage is an invitation to be your courageous best self every day. It’s also an antidote to the overwhelm, fear, and rage rolling around the world. But it’s more than a book; it’s an invitation to join an inclusive community that wants to better understand humanities challenges – both global and personal – in order to take courageous action and create a better world for everyone. If Covid19 has given us the time and space to reflect, Uncommon Courage gives us the nudge we need to create lasting change.
Better yet, order it from your local bookstore, so you can #SupportLocal.
You can read the reviews, including a new five-star review on Book Commentary, another five-star review on ReaderViews, a review on BookTrib, and three more on Booklife, another on Book Commentary and Blue Ink Reviews. I’m also collating reviews on my Website too. Have a look and grateful to everyone who has written or recorded one.
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