ENGAGE IN CIVIC AFFAIRS: Know what your government is doing, and
then do something about it - support, oppose, or propose alternatives!
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Your local, county, state, federal,
and international governments should be followed like a hawk! And
the transcripts of government meetings, including public comments,
should be your weekly reading...because those transcripts represent our
true "FREE PRESS", with citizens being the real journalists - not a privately-owned or government-controlled news media.
It's important to meet with your political representatives and go to your local town or city council meetings,
committee meetings, school board meetings and the like. Follow the issues,
stand up and speak out, send
emails, and write letters...using
constructive criticism. And get your friends and neighbors to do
likewise. Your voices make a difference. Today, most government
public meetings are also broadcast online, cable, and radio. So, your
audience can be quite large. Also, note that anyone can attend
school board meetings. Often parents are reluctant to speak out
for fear that their
children will be treated unfairly as a result, and that's a real concern.
So, it's important that grandparents and other members of society take an
interest in our children's education... because they are our future.
remember, focus on the issues and discuss solutions that make sense
JOIN CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS or start your own, so
that you can help yourself and others in good times and bad!
We need to help each other, because we can't make a better life for everyone... all-by-ourselves! It is
particularly important for our neighborhoods to "Be Prepared" for any natural or
man-made disaster, because if yours is the only family on the block with food to
eat, that's not going to 'go down' well with the rest of your neighbors.
Join your local civic association and work through them. However, if
one doesn't exist, or that doesn't work for you, then start your own. The first step in organizing
your community is to put together a simple
Neighborhood Network Sample
letter. Later on, if necessary, you can publish a website that
features helpful information, such as civic meetings and upcoming
events, as well as a 'skills share' and 'networking feature'. Organizing your community will
give people a sense of belonging and encourage them to focus on skills
and issues that will make our communities more resilient and enjoyable.
To keep yourself on track!
act together! Organize
yourself to be "goal oriented" so that you can be productive,
fulfilled, and happy. Besides, its hard to help others if your life is
a chaotic mess. Start with your home - make it your sanctuary - warm and
cozy, clean and tidy, uplifting and inspiring. Also, make & post LISTS
to help keep your life balanced and on track. Your goals and objectives
may change over time, but lists will help you stay focused. Lists help remind you of
important tasks and things you enjoy. Just
don't let your lists overwhelm you. Keep everything in perspective.
your best, then let the universe do the rest!
- Daily To-Do List
Think if it as triage, first listing things you must do that
day. Then you can
include things of lesser importance.
- Short Term Objectives
Training, classes, personal goals, etc.
- Long Term Goals Family, friends,
activities, hobbies, community engagement, etc.
- Make A Budget - Live within
your means and avoid debt, because financial problems are a major source of stress.
- Problems & Solutions List - When
things start to overwhelm you, list both the problems and possible
solutions, and then get to work.
Favorite Things - Create a binder of great photos and list of books,
movies, art, songs, sayings, jokes, etc., that will remind you of
uplifting, inspiring, and downright funny things you enjoy!
- Begin your
own "Make Sense" Journal (binder) to help keep you on track, express yourself, and
work through complex issues.