This is a poster from WWII, calling for help to knit soldiers’ mittens and hats. When I saw it, it struck me that there is always someone who needs our particular set of interests and talents. We don’t have to be overwhelmed at the number of world tragedies to the point of inaction. We don’t have to wait on our governments or churches to act. We don’t have to feel inadequate. We are needed.
We can help someone, and it can be done through something we enjoy (that’s my favorite part).
World tragedies are not unique to our generation. They have always been there; most of our ancestors had it much harder than we will ever have (Black Plague for one!).
Instant news and constant opinions are what is unique to our generation. I’m thankful for news that comes quickly. But the continual feed paralyzes us into inaction. We’ll watch videos and scroll through galleries and tweet opinions and discuss on Facebook until the immediate need is past and we move onto the next big story.
We have big hearts. We want to help. It’s just all so overwhelming and we feel so inadequate.
This WWII poster reminds me to focus and simplify:
- Decide to help
- Pick a cause (don’t overthink; choose the one tugging at my heart today)
- Get offline
- Do something (don’t overanalyze; just start)
Remember Pearl Harbor. Purl harder.