Have you ever heard that phrase?
It’s tossed around in the United States, and it speaks to the bottom-up effect that the people, when effectively organized, can have on the bigger government system.
I also think of it as a reminder of the power of the individual person. When I think of the phrase, “All politics is local,” I think of the strength of individuality. I think of the power that one person has to choose his or her path in life.
If you think of your life in terms of a local, political system, you can start to see the opportunities you have in front of you.
Yes, there is a big national government, but there’s also local government right in front of you. Learning to navigate your local power centers is critical for your ongoing mental health.
Here’s what I recommend you do.
Take a look at the powerbrokers in your life. Are they your friends? Your family? Are there enemies who could be friends? Are there people who have something you wish you had? How can you influence them?
More than anything, politics is a system of interlocking parts. It’s systems buried in systems. The more you can view your life as the system that it is, the more you can start to see the opportunities you have right in front of you.
Identify the influential forces in your life. Make decisions where you can. There’s never going to be much you can do at the biggest-of-big-system level. That’s why you have to dive into the local politics.
When you feel your life is in the hands of hidden forces, that’s when your mental health can suffer.
But when you focus on the local, on the mini-systems you can influence, that’s when you can make your life your own.
If you made it this far in a political post, you are truly one of a kind! Thanks for reading,
P.S. The first cohort of The Mental Health Book Club is still open! I’m thinking I’m going to have to close it soon. Mental Health Update members get free access to this exciting new community.