Sometimes when it seems the world is crazy and, if you are prone to anxiety and worry, you can wonder WHAT to even do at this point. I hate the hopeless feeling of not being able to control anything, but there isn’t a lot we can control. I watched “The Social Dilemma’ with my daughter the other day and it left me feeling worse than before. There was a lot of good to learn from it, but also a lot of fear which just plain scared me.
So then what? I already avoid so much of what I know isn’t good for me, personally. I don’t watch the news or regular tv that much, and I avoid social media for the most part unless it pertains to my job. I question sometimes why I am here in this space and if I am contributing enough and truly work to put out stuff that is valuable and not harmful. The other day I heard something that helped me when I was feeling helpless and worried. The whole world may seem on the brink of insanity, but you can do two things:
Ask yourself, “Who can I Serve?” + “Who Can I Encourage?”
The world may appear crazy when you look at it a certain way, but there IS good right in front of us. Who can we serve and encourage in our own home? In our community? I have two kids that need me daily and serving and encouraging them brings me joy. I can’t control outside, but I can create a loving place for them. I can also do that here, with my words and my gifts. I can use this space to serve and encourage, something I strive for daily. Anchoring myself to this helps me a lot.
Instead or being worried and scared, ask who can you help right now? Can you call a friend, send a gift card to a teacher? Can you stay off the social media accounts that trigger you and put your head down and quietly serve? Start small, so small. Your own home and family desrves you and your time and dedication. Your neighbors and friends and community. I believe in the good of small deeds, done with love.