“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop (Greek storyteller)
I used to think it was naive to believe that one person can make a difference in the world but sometimes that’s really all it takes. Sure, we might still be under a Conservative government and Trump is President but my heart swells with joy when I hear of stories of one person’s bravery or selflessness, like when I saw this adorable video the other day.
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It really does.” – William James (American philosopher)
I’ve been so impressed with the sheer volume of people taking part in peaceful protests this year, particularly young women. I reviewed Abrams + Chronicle’s Why I March earlier this year and I’m pleased to see that there is also a protest postcard collection available.
The Act Now!* set contains 50 postcards featuring illustrated protest signs and photography from the marches. You can pop one in the post to your elected official or send one to a friend to inspire and encourage activism. The box itself is functional too, advising you on how to write to your MP to initiate change.
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough. We must apply. Being willing is not enough. We must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci (artist)
In the last decade or so I’ve become increasingly aware of how people are treated differently according to their gender, religion, (dis)ability, socio-economic status, race or sexuality. What happened to basic human rights and treating everyone equally? I’m pleased to say that all proceeds from the sales of these postcards will go to the ACLU, a non-profit organisation that protects civil rights for all Americans.
“Act now. There is never any time but now, and there never will be any time but now.”- Wallace Wattles (American author)
As a young woman, I’m particularly shocked that we still live in a world where not all women are in control of their own bodies. I’m so grateful to have access to free contraception and that I can choose when I have a child. I’m also lucky that I’ve had a good education and am treated fairly and equally in the workplace. And I take it for granted because, growing up, it seemed normal. But I realise now that I’m lucky and I don’t know what I’d do if I had that freedom taken away from me.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
*I was sent a copy of Act Now! for review purposes and all thoughts are my own.