Publisher’s Note: Do Good
When I moved into my apartment, the manager of the complex showed me where to take my trash and where to recycle. The trash shoot was on the same floor as my apartment, right next to the elevator. She showed me how easy it was to toss out the trash in two simple steps. Then she showed me the recycling room on the first floor. She took me down the elevator and went through three different doors that required keys to drop off the recyclable items. For the first couple of months I was separating the trash and recyclable items, but when I’d go to toss them out I’d end up putting the recycling down the trash shoot. Every time I’d take the easy road, I’d spend the next 20 minutes beating myself up. Finally, a couple of months ago I committed to taking the few extra steps to do the right thing. Being good isn’t always easy. Eating right, recycling, keeping my place decluttered and going high when others go low are all things I struggle to do consistently. I depend on daily rituals to help me live out my values, and I’m always looking for new tips and tricks on how to be fully present.
Advocating for positive social change, creating jobs with fair wages, going up against an unjust system and rebuilding neighborhoods takes a whole other level of dedication. As we travel across the middle of America, going from one emerging neighborhood to the next, we are learning about inspiring people who have done just that. They have risked it all, fought against the odds and are courageously living their personal truths. We are con dent that these stories of artists, activists and entrepreneurs will inspire good in everyone who comes across them. And we know that the more we tell these stories, the more people will realize just how much potential is in America’s heartland.