When tragedy occurs whether it be from the force of nature, or human devastation, we often find ourselves feeling overwhelmed on what can we do as one person. How can one person make an impact when hundreds if not thousands of people are affected by the occurrence. How can you start operating from your inner super-person?
Here are a few suggestions on how to be a positive light in times of darkness:
Offer love: Whether it be in prayer, positive thought, or in stillness, think about the current situation that is going on and send love seeing peace, calm, and healing coming to all involved. Wrap those affected up in your arms and give them virtual hugs. Focus on seeing the best possible outcome rather than focusing on seeing the current state of tragedy.
Focus on the helpers rather than the hurters. When tragedy occurs, it brings out the very best in the vast majority of people. The community comes together to help those in need. Surrounding communities step in as do people from all over the world. As with anything, there will be hurters (looters as an example) out there taking advantage of the situation. It’s very easy to get into a condemning, blaming, and shaming game with them. Know that they are hurt people in their own need of help. It doesn’t make what they are doing okay, but it does give you the opportunity to send love to them knowing they have their own consequences to face. Focus on the helpers.
Donate to a not-for-profit who is directly involved with the current situation. Choose one that their mission speaks to YOUR heart. I encourage you to do some research and support local charities that are already part of that community, but regardless of the size, donate to one that you feel called to support. Ask people that you value their opinion what charities they support. A couple sites I found to check out for research help are: Charity Navigator and Charity Watch. To research animal charities, check out Animal Charity Evaluations.
Here are a few that I have donated to and/or people I trust have said they love.
Local support for Hurricane Harvey:
Undies for Everyone: People often donate used clothes during tragedy, but rarely underwear. There is a shortage of underwear and you can go to this 501c3 and donate money for them to purchase underwear at wholesale. There is also a mailing address that you can send new underwear as well. Amazon has a wish list page that you can order them and then have them shipped directly.
Diogicares: They are based in Atlanta but sending a team to the Houston area and a dear friend who is immersed in the pet industry recommended them to me as she did the next option as well.
Austin Pets Alive: is not your average animal shelter. They maintain comprehensive, innovative programs designed to save the animals most at risk for euthanasia. They have already taken in over 600 animals at risk due to Harvey.
Other Organizations I’ve donated to or trusted friends have told me about their support of them:
Team Rubicon USA: Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.
Doctors Without Borders: Doctors who help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.
ACLU: Works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
*These are just a few suggestions. There are thousands of opportunities of people and organizations out there doing great work, so find those that touch your heart.
Get involved locally in your community. Sometimes a national or global tragedy wakes us up to be part of the change we want to see in our lives, in the lives of those we love, and in the lives of those across our planet. Be a helper. Check out local charities in your area that you are drawn to and volunteer your time or donate resources to them.
Mostly, I encourage you to think, speak, and act from your heart rather than your own hurt. These tragedies often bring up our own hurts and fears, so be gentle with yourself and others as we move forward in love. Each time you are choosing a kind thought, a kind word, and a kind action, you are shining your inner super-person bright for others.
Until next time, one by one, let us each shine our inner super-person.
I choose to uplift myself and others rather than tear us down.
Words to Live By:
“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
~ Albert Schweitzer
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
~ Dalai Lama
“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.”
~ Audrey Hepburn
Sounds for your soul: