We live in a world of instant access and the 24-hour news cycle, creating what seems like an endless barrage of headlines about atrocities being committed in our country and around the world. Add in a controversial president’s first week in office, with a host of unexpected changes to America’s policies, and we have the perfect cocktail for creating a sense of helplessness and despair. Many of us are left asking what in the world we can do.
I certainly don’t have the answer to that question, but I have some thoughts. [In the interest of full disclosure, I’m trying throughout this article to set aside my own personal issues and concerns and focus on what each of us as an individual can do, regardless of our philosophical perspective.] So here goes:
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Dr. Amanda Mulfinger is the Owner and President of Cabot Psychological Services in Edina, Minnesota. She studied psychology at Harvard University prior to receiving her master's degree and PhD from Auburn University.
As we get more involved, the need to talk (open-mindedly) to people with whom we disagree becomes increasingly important, but we also need to gather together and provide support for those with whom we share values.
It’s too easy to get caught up in negativity, hopelessness and anger. Each one of us has to find a balance between how much information we take in, and how much time we give ourselves to rest and restore ourselves. But we owe it to ourselves and the ideals we feel are being impacted by current events to take action. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” –Mother Teresa