It’s been a hot day in Austin. Not sunny, but overcast with clouds that bring no hope of rain. The sun peeked out for a moment during a bike ride today, and it felt like a sunbeam from a cartoon, washing over me palpably so that I felt the warmth travel like a liquid from my head to my feet.
None of this is helping me feel more alert on the day after a busy day. Yet it was exhilirating to march with hundreds in the streets of Austin in solidarity with hundreds of thousands worldwide. And the hot weather today foretells a hot summer of outdoor action; Occupy Austin is calling for us to Occupy Your State Capitol on Independence Day.
I asked some friends to share their small, personal May Day actions with me. One shared the story of weed whacking a friend’s lawn and wrestling with her kids. Another spent the day at a local university putting positive messages on candy to hand out to students studying for finals, then treated herself to a glass of wine.
These tiny actions will not save the world, but they sustain us. They help us celebrate life, reflect on our work, and stand in personal solidarity with our fellow humans too.
Tell me what’s on your mind. This is an open thread.