By Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
We live in unnerving times. Things we have relied upon seem to be shifting under our feet. In recent months we have witnessed North Korea’s declaration of war on the United States; storms of biblical proportions; fires ravaging the West Coast; earthquakes rocking Mexico and Japan; and the nation’s worst-ever mass shooting in Las Vegas. All the while, our political culture feels like a tinderbox ready to go up in flames with the slightest spark.
These kinds of events are soul-shaking, leaving many of us bracing ourselves for what might happen next.
The most common reaction to such crises is to want to do something big to try to stem the tide or protect ourselves. But most of the time the big solution we want is simply unattainable. The weight of this helplessness can leave us feeling defeated, dispirited and even cynical.