Connector Beth

Non-profit professional. Care deeply about family, friends and community. Love to problem-solve. Love to laugh. Love to read. Love to learn.

What To Do, When Each Day Seems Overwhelming.

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Just a quick note tonight, my friends, as I watch in disbelief the raging horrors of the California wildfires. Every night recently seems to bring new awful news.

These last few months of natural and other disasters have almost been beyond belief, haven’t they? Hurricanes, droughts, massive wildfires, and mass shootings – and that’s only in our country. People internationally are also facing horrible situations on a daily basis. Some of it we know about; some of it we don’t.

I know people don’t know what they can to do to truly help, or to heal their own hearts at the same time. My suggestion is to breathe deeply first, then let things settle just a bit (unless, of course, they – or friends or family – are personally affected).

All of these disasters/crises will have long-term recovery efforts. Take some time to find out what the greatest and longest-term needs are, then decide what you can and want to do. Or, if you decide there are issues in your own community that need attention, spend your resources (time, money, items) there. We are all in this together, and we can all work together. Thoughts and prayers are a start, but thoughts/prayers/actions are even better – whether they are local, regional, national or international.

And your actions don’t need to be large – you don’t need to be a millionaire to be a philanthropist. Every dollar makes a difference, to someone, or to a family, or to a community.

Do your research (or send me a message to help you wade through all the “radio chatter/static” to see what might be most meaningful for you and/or your family).

In the meantime, do what you can to protect your own heart and your sanity, along with those of your family (especially your children). Let’s see what we can do together to make at least a bit of sense out of all this uncertainty, chaos and sadness.

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