20 minutes | Oct 7th 2020

NMC014 School Volunteering ISS

Recorded: February 24, 2016
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Subject: Volunteering in my daughters’ school.

Hello friends!

Have you ever felt frustrated by the way thing are going in the world, either the greater world or just in your own little corner of it? I know many people are struggling right now with the upcoming election, the pandemic, systemic racism, and many other things that make us feel vulerable.

When that feeling of overwhelm hits me I know one thing that always helps me move out of that dark place: take positive action. Do some thing, however small, to change your situation for the better. Back when this episode was recorded, in February 2016, I did that. There were budget cuts and school closures and controversy all around. Like so many parents I felt helpless about these changes. So, I did one small thing; I started volunteering in my daughters’ classrooms. This simple, weekly act helped me feel less overwhelmed and more hopeful about the education system overall. I came to realize that if I stopped focusing on the big, behemouth monster I couldn’t control and instead took slow, steady, positive action, I could make a real difference and learn something new in the process.

I hope you are finding ways to turn the tide in your own life. Those shifts, however small, are so important.

Until next week!

Lots of love,

Rosa Linda

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