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.
“Self-care is required.”
Philanthropic work takes a lot of energy, both physical and emotional. When you spend time focusing on the parts of society which desperately need to be fixed, stress and negativity can take their toll. But just like the safety announcements in airplanes point out that you should always put your own mask on before helping others, you should take care of your own existence so that you are able to help others.
Self-care, however, is not just a matter of taking a nap here and there or remembering to eat and have fun now and then. It means knowing when to say no for your own well-being and being willing to do so. It means doing whatever is necessary to protect your physical and mental health. It means not allowing your mission for change to damage your relationships or put too much of a toll on your finances.
Our ability to give is limited if we don’t take time to restock our own inner resources.