Take the 30-Day Angst-Loss Challenge

I've actually been thinking about this for a while. I love reading blogs. I have, in the past, daily gotten my panties in a wad, unwad-ed them, read again, wad-ed again.

And . . . .

I have profound questions about what is actually accomplished by all these knotted knickers. I want to be informed, but I don't want to just piss and moan.

It's fun, I admit it -- to commiserate with cronies, work myself into a righteous wrath, allow my wit-demons to take over . . . . . but what does that actually change?

So, I invite you to join me in "The Portly Dyke 30-Day Angst-Loss Challenge".

For the next 30 days, I'm not going to post (or comment) about anything, unless I also take some form of action on the issue that has got my undies in a bunch.

If I post here, and I'm complaining/bitching/moaning/pissing/ranting, I will include a link at the bottom of the post which leads to an action that I will, myself, have already taken (writing congress, donating money to a cause, etc), and I will encourage those who join me in the 30-Day challenge to take this action, too, or to report, in comments, another action that they have taken.

If I post here, and I'm celebrating/loving-up/rejoicing over something (a video I loved, a post that changed my mind, etc.), I will include a link at the bottom of the post which leads to an action that I will, myself, have already taken (sending an email of congratulations/appreciation, donating money to a cause, etc), and I will encourage those who join me in the 30-Day challenge to take this action, too, or to report, in comments, another action that they have taken.

My suggested actions will (nearly always) be tangible and direct. They will (nearly always) NOT be ambiguous suggestions like: "Love someone today!". My goal is to suggest real actions that require 15 minutes or less of the reader's time to complete. I pledge to help out by doing research that leads people to links that are swift, sure, and effective.

In future, such post titles will probably begin with, or include, the acronym "TTDT" (Things To Do Today). Any posts I create that are simple personal musings/revelations will probably not include this acronym.

I'm just so sick of complaint, and pissing, and moaning (especially my own). Sure, it's fun for a while, but it tends to leave me feeling hollowed out and empty, like bad porn.

I really do believe in the power of collective consciousness. I believe that, if we use our voices, words, and energy for change, change will occur.

I refuse to succumb to the whining passivity of victimhood. If the shit hits the fan, I want to know that I did everything that I could to move the fan, compost the shit, and raise my awareness of the power inherent in my own Being-ness.

Step One in joining me is this:

Post a comment here stating that you accept "Portly Dyke's 30-Day Angst-Loss Challenge".

Step Two:

Bitch, rant, piss and moan away -- AND take a direct action on the thing that's chapped your ass.

Today's TTDT?

Accept this Challenge.

That is all.

Posted byPortlyDyke at 1:00 PM  

10 comments:

liberalandproud said... July 8, 2007 at 8:42 PM  

I accept your challenge, TPD, but it won't be easy.

PortlyDyke said... July 8, 2007 at 8:50 PM  

Oh baby -- don't I know it! ;)

PortlyDyke said... July 8, 2007 at 8:52 PM  

Hey, liberalandproud -- I've read your blog (beforeblue in redsville)!

Thanks for dropping by.

Don't worry, hon, we'll help each other through this.

Phydeaux Speaks said... July 8, 2007 at 9:45 PM  

You know I'm with ya!

One question, though. This won't keep us from hanging out at the VPub (and all its silliness) will it?

PortlyDyke said... July 8, 2007 at 10:00 PM  

No worries, Phyd -- I don't think we do that much bitching and moaning at the Pub anyway -- and everyone seems to do something about it right away if they are pissed -- cuz they are pissed. :)

Gender Blank said... July 9, 2007 at 6:40 AM  

I accept the challenge.

Oh, goddess, I'm tired just thinking about it. What have I just agreed to? Acting on shit?

(briefly considers simply not bitching about stuff...)

Okay, I'll act on shit.

liberalandproud said... July 9, 2007 at 6:53 AM  

I didn't have a blog before Blue in Redsville. You probably have me confused with some other proud liberal (not a bad thing at all).

PortlyDyke said... July 9, 2007 at 8:41 AM  

liberal and proud -- Just move the parenthesis-- not "read your blog (beforeBlue . . . ", but "read your blog before (Blue in Redsville)".

My bad. I was just so excited about folks taking the challenge I got kerfuffled!

Welcome GenderB -- Yes, isn't it amazing what a dread we seem to feel about taking action? I had the same fears. Hmmm.

liberalandproud said... July 9, 2007 at 11:39 AM  

I don't know if the dread centers on taking action in general. I'm personally thinking this will lead to more thinking before posting, which is a good thing. If every post/comment must have an action attached, perhaps my posts/comments will be more thought-out.

PortlyDyke said... July 9, 2007 at 12:55 PM  

Ah Lib&Proud -- you have guessed my secret (personal) agenda. I have been known to shoot my mouth off "not wisely, but too . . . often".

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