Medium Short: Self-Medicating
Welcome to the latest Medium Short, a weekly accountability practice highlighting what I’m up to along the unmarked trail towards #IndustrialHealing. Reminder: all my Medium articles are linked for free here.
The cloak of doubt set itself upon me this past week. That leaden layer of terror that tells me I’m a fool to think I can do what I’ve set out to do (“Industrial healing? Who even wants that?! Pfff!”) It freighted me in my sleep, serving some of the most grueling nightmares I can recall in a while — and I’ve had some gruelers. It gagged and choked me as I awoke.
And then I remembered: I have an app for this.
In this week’s Short I review the prescriptions of my own medicines.
Take 10 breaths, combine with intention, add love
I was keen to get another piece published in the Matereal World — the substack I launched last month with industrial healing-oriented recommendations backed by solid data from my decades in the ESG trenches.
But this next piece was coming out very slowly, and in ALL CAPS. I was YELLING. It began as a more detailed exposition of what I said in response first to Paul Greenberg about the current fires in Quebec, and then to Ev Williams re his piece on deforestation in the Amazon. I was angry about the narratives they were reenforcing, which I believe are part of the problem.
But then I took my medicine: I stopped yelling. I sat quietly with my troubles. I spent time with the river. I asked wise friends for feedback on my ideas.
And then I did what I should have done all along: I stuck to my knitting. Knitting is love. It is not yelling.
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