New Year’s Day isn’t the only time of year we can chart a course for ourselves, but it’s as good a day as any to take a breather and take stock.
Every day in 2020 we will be confronted with hundreds of pressing issues that need to be fixed in our country. Trump will continue to be in power as we kick off the year and we’re stuck with a Republican-led Senate. The avalanche of bad news will not end. But, we can control what we focus on and where we leave our mark.
Today, I encourage you to think about the issues that matter the most to you, and values you hold most dear. Remember, we each only have a finite amount of energy and resources, and spreading ourselves too thin is a recipe for burnout. Consider spending the bulk of your political energy focusing on one, maybe two, issues.
Be inspired by the words of Rep. John Lewis, who knows a little about fighting for issues near and dear to his heart: “If you’re not hopeful and optimistic, then you just give up. You have to take the long hard look, and know that if you are consistent, you will succeed.”
So, as you take a moment today to think about the year full of promise in front of you, ask yourself:
Where do I want to focus my energy in 2020 so I can really make a difference?
If you’re willing to share your answer to this question, I’d love to hear it!