My heart hurts. How is yours doing?
This last week felt so heavy to me. The U.S. hit the staggeringly awful milestone of 1 million deaths due to COVID. Everyone I know is angry about Republicans going after our hard-earned freedoms as women. And at the time of this writing, we were hit with news of yet another mass shooting — I think this makes the 200th mass shooting just in 2022.
And as if that wasn’t enough, we had to deal with the unending attacks by Republican politicians on everything — our democracy, our rights, our children, and even plain-as-day facts.
It’s hard to take.
And it’s in these moments that I have to take a moment and remind myself that I cannot possibly take all of this on in my psyche. I cannot make a meaningful difference in every issue I’d like to see corrected. Trying to do so will only frustrate me and burn me out. Which means I’ll be good for nothing.
For me, taking action is the only way to heal the heart, and to relieve anxiety and worry. I am doubling down on working to elect more good people to all levels of government because I know what I can do to help, and because I think getting the right officials in place can help relieve so many other issues that ail our country.
You may choose to direct your efforts in a different way than me. But I do encourage everyone to keep working at helping to improve one issue. You’ll see the progress being made, however small, and you’ll find a community of people who feel the same as you. And when you have that community, you can commiserate when the world seems to be ablaze, and remind each other to get back to work.
Take care of yourselves. We need you.