Day 30: Take a deep breath...
As the last day of this 30-day challenge comes to a close, the last thing I want you to do is take a deep breath and take time to acknowledge the hard work you've been putting in. Of course it's not over. It keeps going. This 30 day challenge really is a lifelong pursuit of better outcomes that ultimately result in the elimination of poverty, crime, unemployment, disease, and overall unfulfilled potential. It never ends. But you have to take time for yourself. You will not solve every problem. You will not end world hunger, you will not win a Nobel peace prize (probably), but that doesn't mean you haven't had an impact.
When we don't track our progress it can seem like we haven't made any so we have to set goals, measure them and celebrate key milestones. I know most of us are "too busy" to keep count of the numbers but we need to, otherwise what do we have to show for it?
You are valuable to this work. Your insights and experiences matter. Your relationships have grown stronger and your commitment is unquestionable. Don't let up on keeping track of your progress. You owe it to yourself to celebrate your success thus far and if you haven't reached your goals, that's ok. It's ok. Take time to celebrate small wins.
As the saying goes:
Be gentle with yourself
you are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars
in the noisy confusion of life
keep peace in your soul.
The only thing we can control in this life is our response to it. The problems will always be there so just be gentle with yourself. You have to be so you can keep going.
If your community hasn't said it, I will - "Thanks for all you do."
Adria is a community development consultant. She loves all things local and when she's not writing online you can find her enjoying the outdoors.