This month Information Press celebrates 24 years in service and the theme of this issue is ACTION.
It was 24 years ago this summer that I chose to take a leap into the unknown in my professional life. Circumstances and personal changes had brought me to a place where I knew I had to move forward or continue to tread in the same stagnant pool of work that was meaningful to my employer but not to me.
Until that moment my career was as an administrative assistant, office manager, clerical assistant, corporate secretary, data operator, etc., providing me with tons of skills and experience but no inspiration. I worked for the County, the State, and in private industry. I was paid reasonably well and given leadership responsibilities, but other than a pay check I didn’t see much of a future.
The most rewarding moments came from my volunteer efforts to stop Diablo Canyon and working on political races in the 70s. I got high off working for fairness, justice, and anything that would make the world a better place for my children. I worked harder and felt better than ever before. I knew I was making a difference.
Carrying those memories and feelings with me when the moment arose, in 1991, I allowed the energy of activism to rise up and jump back into my soul, this time for good. Once you leap it’s hard to turn back.
During the 80s I spent time learning more about myself, discovering my highest potential, and taking my power back. By 1991, after meeting so many seekers on the path of self-discovery, I decided to share everything I learned. I found my niche, my thing – raising awareness and connecting people with tools and resources that may help them to reach their highest potential. I did so by holding events and publishing the Information Press.
Soon after I took the leap in ‘91, I created a simple affirmation that says it all: “the good of the whole begins with the individual”. How we act, what we say, and how we vote can have an influence and affect all those around us. Stay informed, be involved, and stay active.
Throughout this issue we are sharing stories of activism. From deeply serious issues like gun sense, the use of conflict minerals in our goods, and immigration, to our health, well being, and protecting our environment, we all share responsibility in our future. Take action, call your representative, and find a cause to support. We have a huge mess; the government won’t fix it but you can.
In the next few weeks Information Press will launch a new website. One of our new features will be the HUB – a place for names and links to organizations working for positive change. This will be an ongoing community project that will be run by volunteers and community support.
Make August an action month … for you!