Why I’m Grateful for My Divorce… or Going Green & Getting Happy

May 27, 2010 at 12:07 am 2 comments

In my first blog post, I promised to include excerpts from my book and offer suggestions on how to use your spheres of influence to protect the planet. I’m getting ready to find a publisher and would love your help building my list so that publishers know there is an audience for an inspiring eco-message that is intended to move people from awareness into action.

Well, here is the first excerpt from the draft of Fierce Love: How One Mother Reinvented Herself by Saving the Planet, followed by some thoughts on how you can make a difference.

Here goes, from the Preface:

I don’t wish divorce on anyone. Anyone. But in the summer of 2006, in the midst of a divorce with two little guys in diapers– really thanks to my divorce– I found a cause. And I will never be the same.

That day in June, sitting on the coach in the family room, I learned that our addiction to oil poses a serious threat to the health and well being of my children, now and in the future. Since that defining moment, I’ve decided to use my psychological expertise in behavior change and addictions to serve as a catalyst to protect the planet for my children — for all children.

I couldn’t see it at the time, but I now see that it’s no accident that my moment of awakening occurred while I was going through a divorce— with two toddlers in tow, no less. There rsugre things in my life, big things, over which I had little or no corol; the life that I had known was coming apart. In that state, a space cracked open in me that made me feel that I needed to control what I could in order to offer my children the best life possible under the circumstances. For the first time in my life, I really wanted, needed, to make a difference in the world. So into that space came… the problem of our planetary crisis.

Love motivated me not just to recycle – perhaps a little obsessively — but to speak out, to become an involved voter, and in spite of my natural reserve, to become a more public person. I have become what I call an “unlikely environmentalist.” And I’ve carved out a role as a catalyst for others to use their spheres of influence, however big or small. My life, my work, my world have changed. I’ve changed.

I hope you’ll join me in reaping the rewards of going green. It’s an adventure!

What can you do?

Here’s how you can use your spheres of influence and join the growing movement of unlikely environmentalists:

1. Reading the first two chapters and posting a comment on my website will help me with my mission enlist the unenlisted which will entail getting a contract with one of the big NY publishing houses. Your comment will help demonstrate that I have an engaged audience!

https://ecoactionplan.wordpress.com/fierce-love-the-book/ to download and comment.

Please share with friends if you like it! You’ll use your spheres of influence to help me use mine. Thanks!

2. Please subscribe to this blog. This, too, will help me show publishers that people want to hear what I have to say. Subscribe on the site on the right side: www.ourspheresofinfluence.com

3. Subscribe to mailing list!  This will also show publishers that people want to be inspired to protect the planet. (Can you tell I’m getting ready to pitch my book?) And you’ll stay informed about monthly podcasts, events and ways to make a difference!

4. Last but far from least: Call your Senator to ensure their support for passing and strengthening what is now called the American Power Act. This is the single most effective and empowering action you can take!


Calling or snail-mailing is more effective than email. And it can take only a handful of constituents to sway an elected official. Your voice counts!

Not sure what to say? Check out www.1Sky.org for helpful pointers. If I can do this, you can too!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ebangoodstein  |  May 28, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Wonderful work– Fierce Love is a personal story about a global crisis. This is the kind of testifying that inspires readers to think through their own lives, and consider their own moral commitment. Warren makes the case for political action on behalf of the future.

  • 2. DrSarah  |  June 16, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Thank you Eban, for your comment and, more importantly for your leadership in inspiring people to use their voices and their votes to protect the planet.

    To borrow a phrase from the title of your moving book, we are indeed fighting for love.


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