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What can we do about the problems in the world?

You can feel overwhelmed, sad, and frustrated. If you’re feeling hopeless about it all, ask yourself the following questions.

Question #1. Is the situation something I can control?
Yes I can control it.
Then either:
A. Take some action OR
B. Do nothing, let it go.

No I can’t control it.
Then ask:

Question #2: If I can’t control the situation, is it something I can potentially influence?
Yes I can potentially influence the situation. Then either:
C. Take some action OR
D. Do nothing, let it go.
No I can’t influence the situation. Then either:
E. Let it go OR
F. Experience frustration, apathy, anger, hopelessness, anxious, &/or resentment.


I don’t consider complaining or promoting vengeance as “taking action”. 
Complaining is a sign of victim-hood. “Why isn’t someone (else) doing something about it?” Vengeance never addresses the underlying problem, it only creates more feelings of ill will.

Taking action means, with deliberate intent, to change something for the better (what ever that means to you). It is action that is meaningful and inspired, and for the betterment of humanity and our world, to solve a problem.

Letting it go means to really let it go. Accept it for what it is. Stop worrying about it. Stop talking about it. Move on to something else that is more important to you. Don’t waste your time and energy on something that you’re not willing to actually do something about.

Take action or let it go, depending on your ability to control or influence. Otherwise you’re left with option F, which is, as Eckhart Tolle says, “All else is madness.”

 

 

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