I’m hearing a lot of overwhelmed from people right now – and understandably so. Here’s what I’ve got to offer – take it to the extent it is useful:
Keep speaking truth to power with love.
Keep doing works of mercy.
Keep learning so that you gain ever more clarity and ever more skill in those tasks.
Rest as you need. You are allowed to rest. All living things require it.
Pay attention – and discern when it’s useful to speak and when it isn’t. Both issues and people reveal themselves – and are changed in and by – the stresses of the world.
Remember that this work (all of this work, wherever you are) is a long haul. There are acute moments, but it is most certainly a (life-) long commitment to a better world. It was here before you. It will (sadly) be here after you. Each of us is but a small part of that work.
You are called to do what you can. You are not called to do more or less than that. Work on discerning what is within your control and what is beyond it.
Be kind when you can – for the sake of your own heart as well as those around you.
There are contextual variations on these principles. And I’ve got more thoughts for my fellow Jesus followers (and that’s what I preach on each week). But I’ve found that these notions hold true in most contexts and for most people.
Peace and blessings for the day, friends.