Vandana Shiva on coping with life as an activist. Also, my hair when it was sunny outside.

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook, and I want to engrave it on my heart:

“[How do I do it?] Well, it’s always a mystery, because you don’t know why you get depleted or recharged. But this much I know. I do not allow myself to be overcome by hopelessness, no matter how tough the situation. I believe that if you just do your little bit without thinking of the bigness of what you stand against, if you turn to the enlargement of your own capacities, just that itself creates new potential. And I’ve learned from the Bhagavad-Gita and other teachings of our culture to detach myself from the results of what I do, because those are not in my hands. The context is not in your control, but your commitment is yours to make, and you can make the deepest commitment with a total detachment about where it will take you. You want it to lead to a better world, and you shape your actions and take full responsibility for them, but then you have detachment. And that combination of deep passion and deep detachment allows me to take on the next challenge, because I don’t cripple myself, I don’t tie myself in knots. I function like a free being. I think getting that freedom is a social duty because I think we owe it to each not to burden each other with prescription and demands. I think what we owe each other is a celebration of life and to replace fear and hopelessness with fearlessness and joy.” — Vandana Shiva

 

And because my other blog is only food photos, it seems this one should be only narcissistic outfit photos, cute cat snapshots, and other shallow flotsam. Somehow I think Vandana would approve.

2 Responses to “Vandana Shiva on coping with life as an activist. Also, my hair when it was sunny outside.”

  1. kimberly

    thank you for posting this. vandana shiva’s one of my all-time heroes, and her words here are so revelatory. love the photo, too. love the blog.

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  2. Vandana Shiva on coping with life as an activist. Also, my hair when it was sunny outside. (via resistance is fertile) « OntheWilderSide

    […] Vandana Shiva on coping with life as an activist. Also, my hair when it was sunny outside. (via resistance is fertile) Posted on November 4, 2010 by wilderside A friend of mine posted this on Facebook, and I want to engrave it on my heart: "[How do I do it?] Well, it's always a mystery, because you don't know why you get depleted or recharged. But this much I know. I do not allow myself to be overcome by hopelessness, no matter how tough the situation. I believe that if you just do your little bit without thinking of the bigness of what you stand against, if you turn to the enlargement of your own capac … Read More […]

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