There are 24 hours in every day, and for about 18 of them, when I’m awake, I am constantly thinking of giving up my activism and even the more moderate advocacy.
Thankfully people do appreciate it, and let me know, which is extremely helpful to stay motivated! I never advocate or write for the purpose of being liked; clearly I write a lot of things that others do not necessarily find endearing!!
The saying goes, as an activist, if you start to upset the apple cart, and people start to ‘hate’ you or ‘abuse’ you, then that usually means you are doing something right. There are a lot of newer friends I’ve made through DAI also getting involved with activism and advocacy, and it is frustrating to hear from them they are experiencing much of the same. As they become more vocal, the ‘haters’ seem to want to join the party! I realise this is not a very eloquent way to put it, but my words are not coming easily today. It is what it is!
One friend told me yesterday, she was accused of ‘wanting to be pitied’ because of her speaking out publicly. What bollocks.
We only speak out, because we want to improve it for the next generation(s) of people being diagnosed with dementia, as the deal we get now is below the standard of human rights for any other with acquired disabilities. As advocates or activists, we all keep each other going, especially on the really bad days.
Positive feedback also helps us to keep going.
Negative feedback does as well, and is useful in helping you to think about things in new ways, and perhaps to remove the emotion or bias that a we all have.
The real value of positive feedback, at least for me, is that it can motivate me not to give up, and I ‘found’ the message below, in an email received on January 1, 2018! It was exactly the right day to read it as I had been on the couch crying, finding it almost too hard to stand up, let alone be active. Whoever says the Universe won’t support you, has not really asked it to! Thank you JP, your support is truly appreciated.
Somehow Word Press did not accept my Gmail password. I wanted to post that John Wesley could have been describing you when he wrote:
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.”
You are the Voice and Heart that this Unknown Author wrote about when he wrote:
“One voice can speak with wisdom. On heart can know what’s true. One life can make the difference. It’s always up to you.”
I feel very blessed to know you, Kate; and very grateful for all the encouragement and hope you bring to so many people you don’t even know!!
Wishing You an Inspiring 2018!
With Caring & Admiration, JP
This person may never know just what this email has meant to me, so if you are reading this JP, please know it has truly made a difference to my life, and I too feel blessed to have you in mine, albeit at this stage, only online.