In my work as a psychologist i meet people who struggle. I love my work. Not because of the suffering I meet, but because of the courage of those who struggle. It is truly honoring to be a part of their way back to recovery. We all struggle really. It does not matter who you are, how much money or power you have, some day you will face suffering. Your friends, family or yourself will eventually die. When facing life difficulties it is essential how you cope with it. Learning to take care of yourself is not selfish, it is wise.
As a lecturer I try to teach the students who will be the next generation of psychologists this amazing profession. In the open networked learning course I am part of now, I meet people from all over the world. Learning new digital tools helps us lecturers spreading knowledge outside the classroom to those who may not be part of a university. This is very inspiring.
Media delivers a dark picture of reality. I think we need to hear more about courageous acts, people taking responsibility of themselves and others. There are as many stories of love as there are stories about misery. This does not mean that we should not take action when necessary, to help those in need. But I think that just listening to suffering at the news does not help us to take action. Quite the opposite actually. It might make you feel small, helpless and lonely.
But you are not alone. We are all part of a big community. Together we can make a difference. You can start today. Just a little act of compassion will do. A small act of love for yourself or someone you meet.