It's hard to stay positive when there's such upheaval and uncertainty in the world around us. Pulse, Brexit, Donald Trump, a looming Canada Post strike (more on that below) are taking their toll on my mental energy. I'm sure you're feeling it, too. A dampening feeling. Foreboding, even, if you read the media.
I noticed it today as I was working on the content for the fall issue. Committing to content themes and articles for a new issue is always a stressful process... I have to make sure that the content will appeal to all readers both loyal and new, that it hasn't been done before, that it is exciting enough to me to invest time and financial resources in, that authors and collaborators are available to meet deadlines... there's a lot to consider since the success of an individual issue drives subscriptions, which in turn supports my entire business and my family.
But today I was unduly worried. Then I realized that my worry wasn't wholly about work—it was all those other things affecting my focus. Rather than a to-do list, I had a worry list of things that are absolutely out of my control.
I won't ever be able to solve global problems of intolerance, prejudice or politics. None of us can, by ourselves. But in times like this, making things and turning to craft is ok. And doing it in a like-minded and supportive community (the #quiltsforpulse initiative comes to mind) can be a force for good: both as a cathartic experience for you, the maker, and as a show of support and love to the community.
So, I'm going to continue assigning content: seeking out images and stories that are uplifting, inclusive and inspiring.
Positivity is a political act.