Where I come from and where I’m going.

The portrait of progress is a picture of thought in motion. Not every idea will work. Most won’t change the world all by themselves. But all point to a mental diligence that refuses to sit still and accept the problems of the present as unsolvable. And that inevitably does change the world – occasionally, in grand swoops, but more often, vine by vine.

Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor. A crazy way to help save the planet.

I read this last night as I was struggling with how to navigate my way back to a positive frame of mind. I worry about the state of our nation and fret about how we got to this terrible state. As an individual it seems nearly impossible to be an effective agent of change for good. I think many people feel this way today. It feels impossible, and huge and overwhelming–all of it. I have often felt that a key to staying positive is to trust that I am far more safe than the media and fear-mongering politicians would have me believe. I know all to well that fear paralyzes. I also feel like Mark is right in above quote–mental diligence plays an important role in engaging our better mental angels to effect positive outlooks and, ultimately, positive change.

So, here’s the thing–I want my business to openly stand for something, even if it comes at the risk of turning off new customers. I don’t think it will go like that, but there it is. We’re all adults here. We all know that people disagree. Hiding my motivation or beliefs behind a corporate veil is cowardly. As a business owner I generate personal profit from my work. Not a lot, mind you, but I believe that I should take personal responsibility for the actions of my business as well. The actions of my business are going to openly reflect my desire to induce positive change in the world. It’s not all about filling my wallet for me. It’s more. This means using electrical power generated only by renewable sources, minimizing waste and consumerism, flying less and generally trying to cause minimal environmental impact as a result of my business actions. Small steps, tiny really, but useful.

I intend to include blog posts that outline some of the steps I have taken to help meet my goals and reflect my desire to do good. I’ve had successes and failures along the way, and certainly more of both are coming. I will share my journey with you here. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you in the next post.