Savor and Save: The Key to Being a Lifelong Changemaker

For my blog post today, I’m sharing a recent essay I wrote for One Green Planet, a website dedicated to ethical choices. Here’s an excerpt from "Savor and Save: The Key to Being a Lifelong Changemaker":

William F. Schulz, the former executive director of Amnesty International USA, once wrote:


“I think we who work for justice and come face to face regularly with its negation are at risk of losing that which animates all healthy beings: the capacity to respond to the graciousness draping the world in colors vivid and electric, the warmth of the sun, a lover’s touch. If we neglect to notice these, why attend to anything else? E.B. White said, ‘Every morning I awake torn between a desire to save the world and an inclination to savor it. This makes it hard to plan the day.’ But if we forget to savor the world, what possible reason do we have for saving it? In a way, the savoring must come first.”

How often have I felt this very same conflict?

Read the complete essay.

~ Zoe

Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm, Above All, Be Kind, and The Power and Promise of Humane Education
My TEDxConejo talk: "Solutionaries"
My TEDxDirigo talk: “The World Becomes What You Teach"

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