War, crime, disease, environmental issues, corruption, inequality, discrimination, and the list continues… The world doesn’t always look or feel like the most wonderful place to be.
So what can we do to make sure we don’t drown in a sea of despair? We can’t fix any of these problems overnight. If anything, many of these problems existed well before our time, and don’t seem to be losing any steam. We can always be pessimistic about it, throw our hands up in defeat, declaring that the world is going to hell in a handbasket, and live out our years jaded. Another option is that we try to become Captain Save-The-Planet, and devote our lives to eradicating all that we feel plagues our world. But with the magnitude of what’s going on, both those options can leave us exhausted.
So let’s ask ourselves, are there any other options?
George Carlin said, “When you’re born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat,” and it’s totally true. Now, the rest is up to you to decide when you want to participate in the happenings of the world and when it’s best to sit back in your seat and enjoy the show. That’s not as pessimistic as much as it is honest. I can devote my life to saving the elephants, stopping global warming, equal rights for women and minorities, providing access to clean water to children around the world, or cleaning the local park in my neighbourhood… But you know what? As much as I wish I could, I can’t do it all.
We can do anything, but not everything and that realization will save a lifetime of grief and frustration.