Published by Lori Pickert on February 16, 2010 at 03:24 PM

If things need to change, it means that what we do becomes incredibly more important. Do. Action suddenly becomes more valuable. It means that there is opportunity, if one can perceive everyone else’s blind spot and find some white space for themselves. If everyone is getting together and complaining, it means that there’s a lot of unoccupied space somewhere.

Basically, it means that your contribution matters. And if you can muster up the strength to push against your fear, you might be able to do something that changes the game… It isn’t about being Anti. It’s about being pro-something-good and making and acting and moving towards Pre-something-incredible.

Frank Chimero


Comment by Anne Thrall-Nash on February 16, 2010 at 08:42 PM

This relates to something I find wierd here in CA, where the state of our public education system really sucks. I hear lots of complaining, but then lots of shrugging and "well, it's horrible, but it's what we've got". And this from very well educated affluent mostly single income couples who could have the time and resources to affect some real change. Can't they see the time is always best Right Now??

Comment by Lori Pickert on February 17, 2010 at 01:54 PM

i honestly think most people *know* how much work is involved in making change, and they don’t think it’s worth the time and effort.

since everyone is in the same boat, so to speak, there isn’t the pressure of seeing someone else having it so much better — the impetus for grass-roots revolution.

statistics in the newspapers about kids in other countries who are happier, more fit, get better math scores … what does that really matter? people care more about their kid’s friends, neighbors, and cousins — the peers they will “compete” with as they become adults.

this quote made me think about people who leave the public school system to homeschool — it is always seen as “Anti”, where one could choose to look at it as “Pro”. not anti-public but pro-home, and etc. i get tired of being accused of being anti-everything when i myself concentrate always on striving toward the best.

Comment by Anne Thrall-Nash on February 17, 2010 at 05:45 PM

It matters what you perceive as hard work too. I perceive dealing with the school system, trying to be an advocate for my child(ren), working to protect them against dis-motivation and apathy as an enormous amount of hard, probably useless work. How much more fun and joyful is the work to create a learning environment at home. How much better to be pro-learning at home, than anti-the system while still being in the system.

Comment by MeganK on February 17, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Oh Lori thank you for sharing this quote. I realise you are applying this to education specifically, but it speaks to me on so many levels.
For many years my younger self was a "protester" : I protested against old forest logging, uranium mining,etc etc and I still passionately believe in these causes. And, while many of those "anti" actions I was involved in were powerful conduits to change, it was the work that followed that really changed things, and continues to bring about positive change. The protesters who became politicians, the protesters who became journalists, the protesters who became lawyers, the protesters who became university lecturers... etc. We are out there living the change, bringing about the "pro something good".
I think the another way of describing this is to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.
I need to remember to apply this principle to everyday situations too - instead of complaining about, and focusing on, what is not working, take action to change it - find the pro.

Love this post!


Comment by Jessamyn on February 18, 2010 at 02:27 PM

It's funny when you think something and then all of a sudden you see it in an article or in a blog. :o) Thanks for the great post! I now have more to further my thoughts.

I love the idea of not being anti but being pro something instead. This does fit many areas of life. With education, because I home school... I also feel like people automatically think I am anti school and I always try to explain that we just really like home school, now I can say we are just "pro-home":o)

Right now my girls are very concerned about the the melting of the polar ice caps and what the polar bears will do. We have been trying to think of things we can do to help out. This post really helps out there too. Thanks!!


Comment by Teri on February 22, 2010 at 07:32 PM

That last sentence is amazing.

Comment by Alice on February 23, 2010 at 09:17 PM

The problem with change is that first we have to figure out what we want!:)

Much easier to criticise.

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