Thursday, October 19, 2017

Practical Ways to Not Feel Helpless in Tragedy's Face

The following is excerpted from a local newspaper column that addressed the feelings of helplessness during times of local, national and worldwide tragedies.  To read the entire column, click this link: Slice of Life.

“You can only do what you can, where you are, with what you have. That’s all you can do. You can do no more, but you can do no less. … God doesn’t see if you succeed or fail. All God sees is how hard you tried."

So, while I can’t stop the fires, hurricanes, floods or earthquakes, I can donate to help those who lived through them.

I can speak out against the horror of sexual harassment with the voice of someone who has experienced it and prevailed.

When I think legislators are wrong, I can tell them so. I can take on local government issues — even pesky little ones, such as shushing people who stage-whisper, mumble, talk, shout or cause upheaval from the audience at a meeting, thereby preventing others from hearing what they’re there to hear. So rude!

And when all else fails, I can scream or punch away on some unsuspecting inanimate object.

I can’t change what happened. But I am not helpless! If I react positively and make a difference, maybe I won’t be so tired anymore.