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We are just two weeks away from the elections. I’ve voted. I’ve donated money. I’ve written postcards. I’ve signed up for text banking. I’ve shared action items in the Kindling Change Community. I know I have taken some meaningful action. 

Yet still, part of me is resisting doing more. In particular, I notice I am avoiding making phone calls or knocking on doors. Those direct human-to-human interactions feel too vulnerable and too draining. I don’t want to intrude. I don’t want to be annoying. I don’t want to be rejected. 

One part of me is telling me that what I’m doing is enough. And yet another part knows that I’m not doing as much as I could because I’m scared and unwilling to be uncomfortable. Part of me knows I’m not living the fullest expression of my values, at least regarding these elections.

Are you? If not, what is stopping you from taking the action that deep down you know is right?


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Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, son, and cat.

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