It’s been a week and change already, and I think we’re all still grieving.
We feel numb. We’re angry. We’re coming out of a shocked, stunned state.
But also: we’re empowered. We’re rising up. We’ve promised to do all we can to protect our fundamental rights.
Most of us have already given donations and/or volunteered our time to the groups that are aligned with our values. We’ve formed and joined private Facebook groups that are all about taking action.
When the world feel like it’s about to fall apart, or implode, and that our basic civil liberties are at stake…
How the heck do you care about your career?
How the heck do you put your own health and happiness first?
How the heck do you make the time to work on your own plans?
Who are you to do work you love?
Who are you to help others better themselves?
Who are you to break from the pact?
You’re not special.
You should keep in your lane. Make time only to volunteer to better the world, not your own life.
It feels selfish, right?
You feel like an egotistical jerk, right?
As you can imagine, my answer is: NO.
A bigly (I can’t help myself) NO.
When I heard the news last week that my candidate – the one who ran on a platform of love and tolerance, the one who was going to shatter the biggest glass ceiling, the one who was predicted by every poll in the land to win win win – lost, I felt bad about so much. I worried about my friends who could potentially be deported, or whose families might no longer be legally recognized. I worried about my own healthcare and a woman’s right to choose and racism against my transracial family.
I had one thing on the calendar that day to do: a one-on-one session.
And I thought, immediately:
Oh, how I am looking forward to that session. This is where and how I contribute good to this world. I’m hippy-dippy enough to believe that the more people who do their best work most often, the happier and healthier and kinder the Universe. It’s constant light, love, and happiness. I can picture it in my mind, leaving the world aglow. It’s the ultimate tool for Good, our greatest kryptonite. It was also not lost on me that the client I was working with that day was one who was building a program to help people who want to be part of creating more social justice. My best work that leads to her best work will create a ripple effect of positive change in the world, in the form of tiny and powerful footsteps.
Oh, how I am so glad I work for myself. I didn’t have to deal with a crowded commute to an office I’d be chained to for 8 hours. I was able to look at my To Do list, follow through on the most important task, and reschedule the rest. I was able to spend time in a bath with my journal, and take a nap mid-day, and watch 2 episodes of Judge Judy in the morning. I was able to play with my baby and pick up the house and just take care of myself in a way I couldn’t if someone else was calling the shots.
Being our own boss and building businesses that serve our greatest good while contributing goodness to others…that’s a big piece of making the world a better place.
Honestly, it’s selfish to think otherwise.
If The Imposter Complex – that voice that tells you Who Am *I* To Do This Work?! – has stopped you from launching, building or growing your dream business, join coach + speaker Tanya Geisler and me this Friday for a free Women of the World chat.