Weekly Wrap-Up

Courage is like — it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.
— Marie Daly, first African-American woman to earn a PhD in chemistry

I've been thinking a lot about optimism over the last few weeks. Optimism is often confused with ignorance. Folks assume the only way you can have an optimistic worldview is if you're ignorant of the reality. But to live in a better world, we have to be able to imagine it first. That requires optimism—heaps of it. So I've been coming to see optimism as a habit of mind—one that I have to practice at, rather than any kind of natural predisposition. It fuels the audaciousness it takes to push for change. Curating these weekly wrap-ups are part of that active practice. They're a list of what we've done, what we love, and what we have left to do. I hope it helps you practice optimism too!