The more I looked at Covid-19 stats the more worried I got.
So I stopped looking.
The more I scrolled through Facebook and read of friends and loved ones lost to the virus… the more depressed I became.
So I removed Facebook from my phone.
Now we see headlines about George Floyd, injustice, and riots…
Sadness and outrage flows through me… and my initial response would be to disconnect.
To close my eyes and focus on the positive. Find gratitude for my family and health and all that’s good in my life…
But now I see…
Turning away is apart of the problem.
When things are hitting you in the gut, you may want to disconnect and stay in your bubble. Pain. Worry. Guilt. Fear. Anger.
When you buffer yourself away from “seeing” and “feeling” the negative… you develop a habit of doing nothing.
When I was in Celebrate Recovery, I recall this phrase, “stay in the pain.”
When you feel the pain you develop empathy.
Those who remain silent and on the sideline are not without fault.
Three powerful quotes from Martin Luther King Jr:
— “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
— “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
— “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
What should you do?
I don’ t know. But I believe: no action is too small.
But doing requires feeling.
And feeling requires seeing.
So do not close you eyes.
Pray with your eyes open.
…don’t shut yourself off from the conversation until real changes is made.