“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do… the process is its own reward.”
The preceding quote by Amelia Earhart speaks to the difficult decisions we make in our lives. Although Earhart was referring to decisions related to meeting personal goals and achieving what you want in life, the quote reminds me of the moments when we learn some important information (climate change and toxic chemicals come to mind here), and make a decision in that moment to either change our behavior or deny the new information. George Marshall would call the latter ‘people making a decision not to know.’
Earhart also hints at the common hurdle people face when they think there’s no point in trying anything, because it won’t be enough to “make it” or remedy a situation. I often hear this reaction from people regarding climate change or environmental health issues. Earhart’s focus on the process is the right one. We must continually work to get better and better, we must continue to learn how to reduce our carbon footprint and implement those practices. We go by baby steps, but we never stop moving.