I recently watched the movie Missrepresentation. It opened my eyes to the world from which I am incredibly sheltered. I have taken the pledge on the Missrepresentation.org site and am putting into action the simplest actions like discerning between gossip and sharing for higher purpose. If it’s gossip, reframing the conversation to redirect it into the virtues of the person being discussed and sharing my new perspective on the detrimental effect of negative thoughts and actions for everyone.
We are here for but a blink in time but the ripple effect of our actions, thoughts and words shift experience for everyone today and forever.
Information is only useful when shared collectively, therefore I am posting the information I received from Missrepresentation in an email last week.
Happy Valentine’s day….how will you nourish your mind, body and soul? You deserve your best love.
It’s February, and we are sticking to our New Year’s resolution to Get Healthy by taking a closer look at how we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Next week Americans will spend billions of dollars in the name of love ($3.4 billion on dinner alone!), so this week’s action is about being aware of exactly what we’re spending and consuming on February 14th.
Whether you’re going on a date, hitting the town with some friends, or giving cards to your kids, here are some alternative suggestions for V-Day 2012:
1. Write yourself a Valentine. List the things you like about yourself in your personal valentine. And, when you write others cards, remember to avoid complimenting physical appearance and instead focus on their talents, generosity, unique personality, and/or intelligence.
2. Boycott Teleflora. This floral company’s Super Bowl ad was especially demeaning, suggesting that women could easily be bought with a bouquet of roses. We’re #notbuyingit and neither are our followers. We’ve joined forces with consumers across North America to flood the company’s inbox with letters. If you are buying flowers, take your business elsewhere and let Teleflora know! Send your own letter of complaint here: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Dinner and a movie? Watch something directed by a woman. If you’re going out to the theater, pick something written or directed by a woman, like The Iron Lady or Pariah. If you’re renting, consider an empowering classic like Thelma and Louise, or an educational and entertaining documentary like Born into Brothels. While you’re at it, why not sign-up to buy the Miss Representation DVD and get a head start on Mother’s or Father’s Day?
Most importantly, by challenging the norms embedded in Valentine’s Day this year, we are making the holiday more accessible and inclusive to all. Our individual acts of consciousness add up to a healthier society. So have fun this week, and remember to spread the love!
The MissRepresentation.org team