Last week, I posted about the “All or Nothing” trap we can easily fall into when faced with what may seem like a daunting task. I challenged readers to share with me their "something," an action we can take that is somewhere between all and nothing. Here are the comments I received, which address everything from dealing with the sorrow in the world today to living a life of tolerance; it's well worth the read and a great reminder.
Thank you Susan. This was a very well timed article for what has been happening to Lorraine and I this week. It is easy to get overwhelmed with the sorrows of the world. So much so, one can lose the hope of making a difference. Great of you to remind us every little bit we can do helps. Thanks.
Maybe you can't shelter all of the homeless animals in the world, but you can provide food to fill their bellies and educate people on the importance of spay/neuter.
I can't stop the suffering for those with cancer, but I can provide a meal for someone who is healing from cancer.
Great Blog Susan, Unfortunately each and every one of us have been affected with some sort of hardship whether it's a sickness, money troubles, depression, etc. You may be going through it yourself or know of a loved one in one of these situations. Helplessness? Yes, and that's the way I felt when my brother lost his battle with cancer. But instead of dwelling in sorrow, I knew I had to do SOMETHING. Since his departure in 2012, my entire family and friends are highly involved with the American Cancer Society-Relay for Life raising thousands of dollars towards research to find a cure for cancer. Delivering Humankindness and making a difference heals my soul.
This is a great reminder, Susan. It's always easiest to say, "Well, I can't fix the whole thing, so I may as well not even try." Of course, big problems are solved by a multitude of tiny steps. (Didn't you have a blog post about that a while back?) I'd also like to add that we can't eradicate hate and intolerance, but we can always model compassion and acceptance.