Inspiration! Roundup: Go Hug a Tree (also, hero portraits, breaking points, and more!)

This Week's "I want to go to there": This bright and laid-back world seems ideal right now, don't you think?
Photo by Inside Weather.

Tree Hugger

Here's some advice for those of us who can't hug other people: hug some trees! It's not the same, but it's pretty great.

Hero Portraits

I know it's become a bit contentious to refer to our frontline workers as heroes, seeing as so many of them aren't necessarily volunteering for the gig that's been foisted upon them, but I do love Caroline Glover's 40 Days 40 Heroes art project.

Breaking Point

"Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.
We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it."
-Arundhati Roy

Honestly, I generally am not optimistic that anything in our capitalist, colonial social structures will change all that much after this pandemic. But it feels really good to imagine the possibility sometimes. And at the VERY LEAST, we all have the option to imagine another world on a personal level, and to walk lightly into it.

Inuit Women Transformations

I love this video of women from various Inuit tribes, transforming themselves into their traditional dress. The regalia is beautiful and it's stunning to see the differences and similarities between them.

COVID Affirmations

An activist and counsellor shared 15 affirmations with regards to the pandemic. Below are a few that really stood out to me, but you can read them all here.

"I rebuke the capitalistic conditioning that drives self-shaming, whenever I prioritize much-needed rest over grind culture and productivity."

"Small contributions to my community and within my networks are helpful and meaningful, even if I’m not on the frontlines."

"I’m allowed to feel simultaneously fortunate/grateful and miserable."

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