I want to give up and let somebody else save humanity. The problems keep growing rather than improving, what with people being killed while worshipping, or celebrating, and black men, women and children being killed at the hands of those who are to protect and serve, climate change, overt corruption in politics and divisiveness, diseases caused by the foods we eat, family dysfunction, babies taken from their parents at the borders, and on and on, it’s so overwhelming.
I read many of your articles. “Somebody should do something” - your call to arms spoke to me most. I proudly am one of those people who is trying to do something that will make a positive impact. But I’m tired and afraid that I will lose my sanity and join the ranks of the ambivalent and callous. If I stop who will fill my spot? I think I’m too small to be making a difference. How do I go on?
Dear Battle Weary,
Yes, I understand. I read and hear the reports of atrocities and am painfully aware that doing nothing begets acceptance of the worst characteristics of inhumanity. That which we hold dear and assume to be inalienable love, goodness, integrity and humanity appear to be at war with hate, evil, deception and inequality, worldwide.
All wars require soldiers! You are a soldier! In addition to a cause, soldiers need rest and relaxation (R&R). R&R and rotation in and out of the front lines. It’s critical in avoiding battle weary stress. The military knows this. Battle soldiers are rotated in and out of the front lines as well as being provided leave. In corporate America, businesses give employees vacation. We need to chill out.
I recommend that you chill out, turn off without guilt! After all, you are working to make a better world for yourself and others. Enjoy the good in the world. Do both yourself, the battle, and those who love you a favor by taking the time to rest and rejuvenate.
Consider some kind of rotation. Split your time equally between battle and some less stressful function. A hobby perhaps, paint, knit, photography, something that will bring you pleasure and maybe a more immediate result.
Celebrate the small victories! Look around and appreciate that which is good and wonderous! Spread joy! AND Fight the Good Fight.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
― The Dalai Lama