I loved writing yesterday’s post and also wanted to dive a little deeper into the issue of what “bad news” that we should be aware of. When I am called to do something, whether it be rescue an animal, send in a donation (to an organization that is doing work that I support), or return or make a call to someone who is not doing well, the Grace of God is also there, and I can feel this energy supporting and “helping” me, help others.
It is when I think that every world problem is my own (or that none of them are), every stray cat is mine to take care of (or I ignore one that has shown up on my doorstep), that every hurting person I see needs my personal attention (or I ignore the call meant for me), that I get out of balance. It is a case of my ego thinking that I am so important that I must be involved in all the ills of the world, or so fragile that I must hide.
The knowing around this; when to step in and get involved, and when not to, has come over time, by listening to, and following (or not!), my own inner voice (the still, small voice of God, my intuition). I have made plenty of mistakes; became involved in things when I could clearly feel that I shouldn’t have, let my head and emotions talk me into it, followed the thought that to be a good person, I must give in places where I really didn’t want to, but was afraid of appearing uncaring; was more concerned with my “image” than with my sense of inner integrity.
I have also gotten involved when, if I had thought about it, my mind would have talked me right out of it. A number of years ago, I was at a football game and 2 guys got into a fist fight. I noticed this because a crowd had gathered. I was shocked by the fight, but more by the idea that people were just watching. I walked into the middle and yelled “Stop it!”….and they did! I know now that the Spirit moved me, in that moment, to get involved. I can certainly imagine the same scenario where the feeling would be, “Don’t get within 20 feet of those guys, just call the police.”..and I would honor that too.
We are not here to save the world, and we are not here to ignore it either….service to others is one of the greatest gift that we can give ourselves, but only when it comes from the heart.