In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or untended in the world…. Do not focus there…. We are needed, that is all we can know. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
In almost every conversation I hear concern for the world, the climate, and humanity. Ms. Estes tells us to focus on the fact we are needed, and I would add on filling that need. We all have unique skills and talents, ask yourself today where you and your talents are needed, and then concentrate on how you can fill that need.
I know that I can’t solve climate concerns, but I can work on making sure I contribute to the problem as little as possible. I am needed to educate my children and grandchildren who may have the talents or the smarts to make an even bigger contribution. I may be concerned about the tone of our discourse, but I am needed not to contribute to hatred and the shouting that seems to permeate our society. I am also needed to once again to teach those who will listen not to participate in dialogue that is filled with hatred and anger.
Yes, there is much wrong or untended in the world. Our role is to realize we are needed and filling that need.