I know for myself if I don’t think I have the ability to help or fix a situation often I will choose to ignore it. I’m not proud to admit that this applies to personal, work and larger than myself situations. I believe as women we often feel if we can’t fix a problem, weather it be our own or someone else’s, it makes us less than or inadequate. Ignoring the problem, pretending it isn’t there, going about business as usual, as if these things don’t exist becomes a welcome habit. I personally prefer not to look at the situation more closely because then I might have to call it avoidance, procrastination, even ignorance. Hey check that out, the word ignorance, comes from the word ignore. Lightbulb!
So what CAN I do, when I have no idea what to do?
A small simple thing that will always lead me in the right direction.
Pray on it.
Now I don’t consider myself a “religious” person, but I do believe that when we turn things over to a power that is greater than ourselves, whatever that power may be, when we ask for guidance, we ask for help, we ask to be open to where we can be useful, needed and productive that these things end up showing up.
The key is, you have to show up. Only then, will what you want show up.
I’m feeling helpless at the moment when it comes to the horrible situation in Texas after hurricane Harvey. Aside from giving blood and money, both of which I have a limited supply, there seems like I should be able to do more. The devastation this month from flooding is not only in Texas but around the world and I could choose to just go about my business and say “What a shame.”, but somehow, praying for these people, for our world and how I can be put to use not only in this situation but in all situations, even if it isn’t apparent to me, seems more productive.
I’m going to choose to believe if I show up to every situation in my life with a positive, open minded and open hearted attitude, that what I need for myself and what I can give to others will show up. Sound easy? Of course it isn’t. That’s why I may need a little help from something bigger than myself.
Is it worth trying? Not only with this situation but all those situations in your life that you avoid because you think you can’t do anything about it, or fear is holding you back?
I can’t be the only one who feels helpless right? I can’t be the only one who almost doesn’t want to look when the news reports are on, am I? Hopefully I’m not the only one praying for guidance, praying for people everywhere, for my usefulness to be shown to me.
Give it a try. Let me know what happens.
Attention is on Harvey. But flooding has killed thousands this month in other countries, as well.
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