participate in an act of political warfare

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

Audre Lorde


participate in an act of political warfare

“Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says, 'Oh crap she's up.'”



participate in an act of political warfare

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”


Think Happy, Be Happy

Art, Inspiration, Joy


participate in an act of political warfare

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

Lucille Ball



day one

participate in an act of political warfare

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

Audre Lorde

Lorde's words can seem abstract and distant at first, but boundary between the personal and political is more fluid than we sometimes like to realize. If you are sitting here reading this while contemplating an act of self-harm, please know that I am sorry that you are struggling with this, but that I am also sorry that you are living in a culture that has beaten you down, and left you with so few resources to combat it. Choosing to do something kind for yourself today, let me promise you, is not over-indulgence. It is a clear and definite tactic to battle systems in our world that do not value humanity.

If you choose, this battle tactic--one small kindness you show yourself today--can be private, or if you choose, share what you've done on social media with the tag #i_am_whale. Please know, if you search this tag, that it is used in the challenge to showcase, among other thing, the results of self-injury. To reclaim it with efforts at showing kindness to humanity (including towards) oneself is in itself an act of political warfare.

Those of you who know me know that I make a conscious effort to avoid military language whenever possible, but you and I are fighting in a battle; I can think of no better way to articulate it.


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participate in an act of political warfare

“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no tickertape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our encouragement, who will need our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.”

Dr. Leo Buscaglia


participate in an act of political warfare

“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

Fred Rogers


participate in an act of political warfare

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Washington Thurman

Bright Side of the Moon

by FullSet


participate in an act of political warfare

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

George Eliot

So Much Better

Laura Bell Bundy


Natalie Merchant

The Happy Book

Rachel Kempster


Britney Spears

Happiness Is...

Lisa Swerling & Ralph Lazar


Shania Twain


participate in an act of political warfare

“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ”

M. Scott Peck

Ten Days To Self-Esteem

Dr. David Burns

The Cat's Meow

Joanie Madden

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, & Douglas Carlton Abrams

Don't Forgive Too Soon: Extending the Two Hands That Heal

Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn, & Matthew Linn

This book examines how to forgive--as well as how to engage non-violently--while remaining assertive. It begins with the following story:

"White Afrikaner soldiers with bulldozers came upon a group of poor black South African women living in a squatter's village. The soldiers told the women they had two minutes to clear out before the bulldozers would level their village. What could the women do? Most of their men were away at work. Should the women get out guns and use violence to protect themselves from the violence of the Afrikaners? Should they acquiesce and passively allow their homes to be destroyed? Here is what the women did. They knew how puritanical white Dutch Reformed Afrikaners are likely to be. The black women stood in front of the bulldozers and took off all their clothes, including their underwear. The soldiers turned and ran. The squatter's community still retains possession of its village."

I can't recommend it enough!

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