Omkari Williams of writes:

If you follow the news, both from home and all around the world, there is enough that is at least discouraging, if not downright terrifying, to drive heads deep into the sand. There are plenty of reasons to feel the world is spinning out of control and that little can be done to stop the spinning.

I have tried refusing to pay attention to the news when it started to feel overwhelming but that didn’t work. I am a citizen, not only of my country but of the world, and I believe that I am therefore morally obligated to pay attention to the things happening both in my neighborhood and across the globe. Anyway, all that not paying attention accomplished was that I felt guilty for not being a responsible citizen.

Next I tried consuming as much news as possible. I wanted to be as well informed as I could possibly be. That also didn’t have the intended result. I was well informed but I was also overwhelmed. I couldn’t figure out which way to move for all the information that I was taking in.

At that point the impulse to follow the siren call and head to French Polynesia became very enticing. Since French Polynesia isn’t in the cards for me, or most of us, I needed to do something else to keep myself grounded and peaceful, without becoming disengaged.

What I finally came to was that I was going to have to figure out how to keep my internal balance while engaging with the world, with all its complexities. In times as turbulent as these, we can make the choice to keep ourselves generally well informed and then focus on the issues that are most important to us. I believe that to maintain our inner peace we must decide where to put our passion, our money and our time.

Which wrong do we see happening in the world that we want to put our energy towards righting, even if just a little? If we are able to write a check to our cause that is great.

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About the Author

Omkari Williams writes and speaks on story and its importance in our individual and collective lives. In her coaching practice she helps her clients share their unique stories. Omkari says, “Our stories are the bridges between us and others. Sharing our stories can help heal the world.