Tonight was an amazing experience —

We went through Step 1:
Admit there’s a problem. This first step is about understanding that there’s a problem with how people are operating on this planet – and that as one result, some climate change is inevitable, even if we halt all carbon emissions now. “Step one is talking about how entrenched we are in this problem.”
The Good Grief Group moved deeper into the question and discussed the role of an activist and where idealism fits in. Does it fit in? What happens when one runs out of the idealism that’s been pushing them forward?
So much gratitude for the thoughts and hearts of those who attended.
Here are some materials that we spoke about, in case anyone wants to dig deeper.
Prince Ea
The Farmer Story” aka The Buddhist Parable
Brene Brown
Information on Tipping Points:
Next week, we’ll move to Step 2:
2Acknowledge the ways in which we are complicit. “I think it’s really important for any of us looking at these problems to understand that yeah, we help cause them,” Schmidt says. “But it’s also not 100 percent our fault, because of the system we were born into.” This acknowledgment, she believes, allows people to take appropriate responsibility for the contributions they make, empowering them to make better decisions.
That’s it for now. Wishing you all a wonderful week.
With Love and Gratitude,
-LaUra
The Journey
Mary Oliver
 
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.