Now What?

After recent events, many of us are left considering what to do, or how to deal with these tragic situations. An article in TIME said, " One wonders if it's possible for us to expand our hearts and minds to embrace this level of hurt and destruction--a trail of stricken families and communities that stretches from the Gulf to the Atlantic and parts in between. It must be said that the trail of kindness and courage reaches just as far. But I worry that our capacity for empathy has been worn thin and that our attention spans are now so tweet-size that we won't be able to focus long enough on any one of these tragedies to provide long-term help."

I think there is much we can and should do, both for others and ourselves. To get an idea of where to start, I recommend this article in The New York Times, which details how you can go about choosing where to donate. I also found this article in Vox interesting. It addresses how different faith leaders address tragedy. The TIME article offered this in the end, " Maybe the answer is for each of us to choose one thing to fix and not let go. Take a tiny piece of a larger disaster and make it your responsibility, whether it means agitating for funding in Washington or sending a holiday package to a child who lost their home or a parent who lost their child. And not just this year, but next year too and the year after. Because that's what it's going to take to heal a nation." I'd say that's a good place to start. To read that piece in full, click here.

Thanks for reading.
-Dr. Joe