I just finished reading Elan Mastai’s All Our Wrong Todays. It’s a book about a man from a different, Jetson-like reality, who travels back in time and inadvertently alters the course of the world multiple times. It’s similar to Dark Matter, but with much larger implications—like whether the planet becomes mostly uninhabitable or not.
It’s a great book with a lot of great points, but here’s the one that stood out most to me: It doesn’t matter what you believe if what you believe is not what you do.
I’m a member of a really great community of women writers called See Jane Write. One of the things Javacia has challenged us all to do this month is to think about our worldviews, our missions, and our values, and consider how they line up with what we do each day.
In other words, she’s saying the same thing Mastai is saying in his novel: Think about what’s most important to you, what you believe is most important to the world. Now, figure out how to do those things, and go do them.
So, what’s important to me?
One of my core beliefs is that everyone has good inside them, but it's sometimes (always?) difficult to make the right choices and to be true to yourself. I believe we all need reminders, daily, about who we are and what's important to us. These reminders can vary: they can be quotes that lift our spirits, words that make us laugh, reminders of family and friends who love us, or words and images that inspire us in our careers and other goals, in our fights for justice and equality, and in our relationships. I believe these reminders help us accomplish the things we set out to do because they remind us of who were are, of the choices we want to make, ideally in the moments when we most need those reminders.
So, that’s why I do what I do. I love making pieces that speak to your heart, that provides you with the reminder you need to be your best self.
This can seem like a small thing: little reminders to make small right choices in little circumstances each day. But those choices add up. It is our choices that ultimately make us who we are. It is our collective choices that define our collective identity—as a family, as a state, as a nation, and as a world.
What if we lived in a world where, just when everyone needed it, everyone had that reminder—that little push—to make the right choice? What if that’s all we really need? That’s my mission. To make the world better, one little reminder at a time.