We live in troubling times and it’s very hard not to be discouraged by our personal difficulties, those of our family members and friends, and by the news. Wars, the horrible status of refugees, terrorism, mass murder, weather disasters, politics and the effects on us of destructive, large-scale greed-frenzies are enough to get anyone down. A lot of us Americans are having trouble sleeping. Even our children are having trouble sleeping.
When life seems to be getting darker, we need to consciously hold ourselves together. We need to decide that we are going to make it, no matter what. Stop and look around you. Take slow, deep breaths. Good questions to ask are, “Am I okay right now?” Be grateful if you are, for life is a treasure that can’t be fully understood until we’re on the other side. Then ask yourself, “Where can I help? What can I do?” Nothing helps us to see the light like making a difference for someone else.
If you’re not okay right now, you may have to look to social and non-profit services which, thank Goodness, are there to help when we fall. Try not to take your anger-stress out on others; they’re already really stressed, too. Practice as much kindness as you can and remember, “This, too, shall pass.” We, because we are strong and caring people created in the image of Love, will come through these times stronger, more ourselves, and our country and the world will be better places because of it.