January. Its grayness sucks the will to live out of you, doesn’t it?
Even if you want to make the world a better place, as soon as you look outside, you might just head back to the couch for some hot cocoa and maybe your favorite sitcom. Or a nap, yeah, that’s it. I’ll save the world in July.
But wait! Just because it’s nasty out doesn’t mean you can’t gear up for all of your world saving endeavors!
Yes, January is a time for staying in. But who says that should stop you from your mission of making the world a better place? If you can read these three books to inspire you to save the world, even your downtime will be productive.
INSPIRATION TO SAVE THE WORLD, ONE BOOK AT A TIME
After all, the incredible Millennial Impact Report shows that we want to go out and change the world. It’s just knowing how and getting motivated, right?
So, for your reading pleasure, three good books on how to save the world (and Seattle, while you’re at it!)
Book 1: How To Save The World In Your Spare Time by Elizabeth May
In this self-proclaimed “Hey, you can fit saving the world into your busy schedule” manifesto, May gives you practical tips on how to get started, add to a project, talk to the media and more. Inspirational in its populist appeal (ANYONE can save the world!), you’ll be inspired when the time comes to pick a place in the cause of your choice and run with it!
The Lazy Environmentalist by Josh Dorfman
Would you like to vote with your purchases more in the new year? This book is for you! There’s no reason you should keep your do-good-ing to just your volunteer activities. Dorfman shows you how to make your purchases across the spectrum cleaner and greener. Want to lessen your carbon footprint? Buy at a local bookstore!
How to Change the World by John-Paul Flintoff:
This book, from the “School of Life” shows the normal person that small acts that he or she takes will lead to big changes in life. If you are currently a little disenchanted (by politics, the weather, or lack of caffeine), this incredibly readable book will motivate you to at least get yourself a cup of coffee and make a to-do list. For those who want to integrate making a difference into their everyday work, this book is an excellent start! (If you’re on the fence, here’s an 18 minute explanation by the author).
CHANGING THE WORLD… TODAY AND TOMORROW.
What some people forget about changing the world is that it takes some prep. You can’t just run out there, full of passion and REACT. Well, maybe you can if you’re saving the world from fires, but otherwise, it’s a little ill-advised.
In other words (and I’m betraying my two lit degrees here), it’s like Milton says, “those also serve who stand and wait.” I mean, not forever, but it’s okay to take a little time off and learn the strategies that will help you be effective when you DO decide to save the world.
And, hey, while you’re at it, get yourself a cup of coffee, there’s a lot of work to be done.
Christine McMullin is a digital marketing strategy consultant who does all things communication for businesses across the U.S. but also finds a little time to save the world in her spare time. You can follow her on Twitter @CMcMChatter and look at some more words she wrote on her website [www.christinemcmullin.com]