When charity hurts…
I’ve had to step back from all the social responsibility input I get from my social media lately. It is through these that I am most often reminded that we don’t have any shortage of needs for all of our peoples.
I have clicked the ‘like’ button for several sites of social causes and in return I receive several messages a day on what needs attention, awareness, fixing, improvements, money, assistance, care, input, management, volunteers, and uprisings of various degrees – pretty much constant pleas for pretty much everything I have to give.
So many calls for my pennies, my dollar a day, my only $35 a month automatic debit, my Canadian Tire money, my empty cans and bottles, and used household items – pick-up included.
They use the most affecting photos and film clips to grab my attention for their 2 minute plea, and hats off to their creators, they are very effective. (Must take notes for my charities).
The posts fly by so often and in such variety that being overwhelmed with a complete sense of helplessness and guilt can happen quite suddenly and deeply. I want to help them all. I wish I could help them all. I throw my hands up in prayer for them all.
I tell myself that we can only do what we can do, but even so, I have to work to regain my social care equilibrium. Take a break Mona. Whoa Nelly. Slow down Sally. I find myself clinging to the Starfish Story.
We can’t help everything even if we want to. We have to choose. Making those choices is hell sometimes, but oddly this is where sanity starts to come back for me. When I start to realize it doesn’t matter what I choose, it matters that I choose to help – period. Breath in, slow and easy.
Not being able to answer every call for help is not the same as ignoring them. That is someone else’s ringtone we’re hearing. I do believe they’ll get it. Exhale. In the end, I think we tend to gravitate to causes that answer a call to healing within ourselves, and then we move on from there.
We better all brace ourselves though. According to recent Costco displays, the really big season of giving is just around the corner. Sigh.