Has the world gone crazy? -or- What does Mr. Rogers say?

How do we “deal” with a world gone crazy?!

With so many disturbing things occurring in the world today – some natural disasters, some man made disasters – how do we make sense of it all? All of these things touch us at a very deep level – whether we know the people involved or not, whether we react with horror, sadness, grief or even anger to current events. How can we respond rather than only react to these events?

First, we can feel our feelings as they come up but try not to get lost in reactivity. And, of course, do what you can to help, i.e., donations, prayers, service to others, etc. Use the energy from the emotions and feelings to have a positive influence on the situation through your actions, but don’t get caught in the reactivity that comes up. This means being part of the solution not the problem. Easy to say, hard to do!! But just do your best! Don’t get lost in the negativity and despair; that’s already the problem. Just look at what Mr. Rogers said! Not just for kids!

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’

To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster’, I rememer my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.

– Mr. Rogers