Good news, bad news...beautiful light at Omaha Beach, New Zealand. Candace Loy. http://themermaidtribe.com

Good news, bad news.

Good news, bad news...beautiful light at Omaha Beach, New Zealand. Candace Loy. http://themermaidtribe.com

Good news, bad news…beautiful light at Omaha Beach, New Zealand. Candace Loy. http://themermaidtribe.com

Hi Cutie Sea Cookie,
this has been a big couple of weeks with wonderful news and some challenges as well.
The great news is that I have been accepted by Huffington Post as a contributor, although I am getting some cold feet (tail?) because I am worried my writing is not as good as the many contributors that are already on board. I just have to appreciate and make use of this opportunity, and see it as a door opening, and focus on enjoying it.
I don’t know if you have noticed this, but when I first started wanting to set up this platform, it was out of feeling pretty frustrated with seeing so much horrible news about climate change and the oceans being depleted. I was feeling discouraged by all the fear and horror that was spreading, very often by organisations who are desperate to raise money and awareness.
Alarm is a very helpful way to let us know where things are going wrong and need attention, but all I saw was people at the receiving end of the news, being shocked and scared into helplessness, and left to grapple with the message that humans are terrible.  While I can appreciate there is often not enough help and resources to do what is needed, I’m really not sure how perpetuating fear and helplessness is going to help anything.
 The good news is, I’m noticing more and more conservation organisations and individuals out there who are focussed on finding solutions, spreading knowledge and education, and inspiring people to take care of the seas. The Kermadecs have finally been declared a marine sanctuary, and Shell has withdrawn from oil and natural gas drilling in the Arctic. I love following blogs like Inhabitat.com  (it has lots of great innovative ideas by everyday people like you and me), and Huffington Post Good News, with “a spotlight on what’s positive, what’s inspiring, and what’s working”.
It’s tricky, because if a person’s basic needs for survival are not met, and their cup is not full, there is no way they can help others in any way, and in all cases, I believe in always taking care of yourself, and filling your own cup: kind words to yourself, writing things out, talking to trusted friends, taking yourself outdoors, having a nice little piece of chocolate, things that some can say are ‘selfish’: if we each took care of ourselves that way, imagine how it would not only be good for us, but it would affect the people around us in positive ways. When we are down, we look for inspiration, and when you are feeling good, you never know who you might be inspiring.

So, a few writing projects going, plus putting my research work together, means I’m going to make time to prepare healthy meals ahead of time, and take walks on my own or with friends. Needless to say, if the surf is working, well, I’ll be re-arranging my schedule as much as I can to work with the ocean on that.

Have a wonderful week ahead, and write down one thing you will do for yourself this week. Go on, do it.

Love, Candace Loy.

Good news, bad news...beautiful light at Omaha Beach, New Zealand. Candace Loy. http://themermaidtribe.com

Good news, bad news…beautiful light at Omaha Beach, New Zealand. Candace Loy. http://themermaidtribe.com

 

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