What is it you want to sustain?

People working to make the world a better place often talk about “sustainability”. We need environmental sustainability, social sustainability, economic sustainability…sustainability! It is easy to lose sight of what the word actually means and why it is worth fighting for. It is also easy to fall into a narrow view of sustainability and forget that the environmental, social and economic aspects are all deeply intertwined and interdependent.

Therefore, it is important to remind ourselves of what we love about Earth and what we love about being alive in this human community, for to forget this is to lose sight of why we work for change and why it is worth doing so.

Open your journal to the first blank double page. On the first page, answer this question:

What is it that I want to sustain? *

Write whatever comes, don’t over think the question or censor yourself, just follow your instincts and write whatever comes to your mind first. Allow your pen to “free write” words, phrases, sentences … whatever form emerges. Perhaps draw symbols or sketches if you feel like it.

Fill at least a whole page of your journal.

On the next page in your journal, in the same way, answer this question:

What sustains me? What nurtures me … what feeds my soul? *

Together, what you have written and drawn on these two pages, create a solid foundation for your very own unique form of joyality. They are two sides of the same coin, the yin and the yang of “sustainability”.  The synergy between them is where the magic is, and what we’ll focus on developing through the Joyality Program.

Whenever you feel discouraged or lost, whenever you forget why you are spending your time working to create change in the world or working to sustain something, come back to this exercise. Read what you wrote here to refresh your purpose and passion, or re-do the exercise, creating new reasons, purposes and passions.

Return to Why Joyality?

© Copyright 2015 Eshana Bragg and Rachel Taylor

* Source: The first question was inspired by Nikki Harre. The second by Dr Eshana Bragg.

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