I selected the phrases for my coloring book to say what I thought might be most important to others within the activist community. But because the coloring book simply has the coloring pages without commentary, I thought I might use this venue to elaborate a bit on why I chose to include what I did.
“Be a force for good.”
It’s very easy to lose sight of your end goal when the process taps into our emotional centers. Some of us tend to get focused on details, on small bits of the larger picture, and we derail ourselves in pursuit of those less important goals. Some of us are easily detoured by our reactions to the reality around us, becoming inwardly focused instead of outwardly focused. Some of us are quick to conflict with others who are, in the grand scheme, on our side but differ on smaller issues, giving more effort to besting our rivals than doing the important work at hand.
Our efforts should always be about doing the most good. That’s not to say that the inner workings of the groups and movements of which we are a part are not important. But they do, or should, take a back seat to the main goal of the work.