“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope”.

–Bernard Williams
Philosopher

 

Are You Being Caught In This Trap?

 

You may ask, what trap am I talking about?

I’m talking about getting too much information, and specifically what all media seems to enjoy, negative information.

This past week, even though I‘m very selective about what kind of news I watch, I was caught on the trap.

After the second big earthquake in Mexico, I was absorbed in all the rescue’s updates because all of them showed how people brought out their best to be of service in critical moments. That was good. That gave me hope. Yet, most of the time there were terrible news about collapsed buildings, people hurt and dead, and that is on top of all the collateral damage around.

The thing is without realizing it, after one day my mind could no longer focus on positive things but rather was focused on fear and sadness. I felt a deep pain for all people suffering, but the bad part is that I was paralyzed on the drama.

I discovered that I was not alone.

There were many people asking themselves,

“What’s happening to me? Why is it that I feel so sad?”

The answer is because we are one.

We are One.

We are all part of the human experience and thus we are connected to each other as souls. 

This is the why, when we see people suffering in catastrophes like recent hurricanes for instance, Harvey, Irma, Maria or strong earthquakes there’s no way we can remain indifferent. After all, those events happened one after another in a matter of days.

Actually the huge earthquake was simultaneous with hurricane Maria. And like in many other natural disasters over the world, the perception is the same: pain.

Our hearts can feel the pain and anguish these people are going through, and this is specially more intense with empathic people.

What we need to understand is that we’re not helping if we stay in the sadness and fear.

On the other hand, we can be a tremendous help if after we embrace our feelings, we look for ways to stay in our positive energy and be a support to people that endured those events.

Sometimes just by listening to them we are helping.

Now the question is, what can we do to switch to that energy again?

Here are some tips:

  • Accept what is. The more we resist and look for the injustice of the event, or ask many times “Why?” is not going to change the facts. All we do when we have that attitude is becoming angry and bitter. If you think about it, there’s not a place or a day good for a natural disaster.
  • Feel and validate your emotions but don’t dwell on the drama. Don’t deny or hide your feelings to pretend nothing is happening. It’s not about faking everything is great. It’s about understanding and being aware that the universe is not making this on purpose. It just is, period. 
  • Be informed of the facts and no more than is necessary. Being informed is powerful and yet, choose the source of the news. There’s a lot of information in these days and not all of them can be trusted.
  • Be part of the solution and help with whatever you can. Some people can donate time, others can donate money, others can listen and give a word of hope. All of them are necessary.
  • Maintain a positive attitude. Don’t get caught in the blaming and complaining cycle. That is not going to be of benefit to you or anybody else.
  • Be grateful and appreciate what you have. Most of the time, we take things for granted. Do you have a house? Do you have food? Are you and your loved ones healthy? You will see that you have plenty of things to be grateful for, and that together with appreciation are the beginning of happiness.

Now, there is another piece of the puzzle that will give you peace of mind.

After several natural disasters, there are many reports that other bigger events can happen soon.

Consider this before entering into panic:

First, beware of false information that unfortunately is everywhere.

Second, nobody can predict with certainty the day and the time this will happen.

Third, if you are prepared you will be more calm and make better decisions in a difficult situation. The upside of being prepared is that you will be wiser about facing an emergency.

The next question is, how can you be prepared?

There are many aspects to be prepared for.

In this post we will focus on two of them:

  1. The physical aspect: Organized a 72 hour emergency back pack. Gather water, non perishable food, first aid kit, medicines, hygiene items, flashlight, batteries, a blanket, clothing, a radio, cash and any other object that could be necessary in an emergency. This will take care of your physical needs. This is very important because your primal needs will be covered.
  2. The emotional aspect: It is important that you measure the events in the real magnitude. Remember when you are in a difficult situation that “this too shall pass.” There’s no way a horrible event will last forever. You can overcome this, for you have the strength to face it.

Is there anything else we can do to help the planet?

Of course, there is one more thing to help: Be conscious about how you use the Earth’s resources. We have consumed much more than the planet has to offer. We have contributed to species extinction with the way we’ve done things in the past. We can make it better now.

How?

  • Try as much as you can to live “Green.”
  • Recycle.
  • Be aware of your use of water.
  • Be clean.
  • Be kind to animals.
  • Respect mother Earth.

Keep in mind that life goes on. As long as you can breathe, there is hope and you can be part of the solution by helping people around you.

It’s the way it works, sometimes we help, sometimes other people help us.

This is still a beautiful world to live in–actually for now the only one, and remember that the best is yet to come!