Look for the helpers

I am pretty useless when I am panicked or anxious; I’m probably not the best person to have around in an emergency. I’m sure that in an actual emergency situation where I’m caught between survival and death, I’ll manage (I have so far) but, if there is ever a zombie apocalypse, stay as far away from me as possible – I will be among the first to be eaten! I love The Walking Dead, but I actually can’t watch a lot of it (if you are not familiar with it, it’s about a zombie apocalypse, but it has a fantastic storyline.) It’s too much for me – the gory bits, as well as the anticipation/anxiety of many of the situations, and I end up peeping through my fingers for most of it instead of watching it.

I find that the older I get, the more sensitive I am. I can’t watch the news or certain imagery in the news, movies, etc. because it upsets me too much. Maybe it’s because the older we get the more aware we are of certain things? Maybe it’s because “I feel all the feels” and my proverbial emotional bucket is full? Either way, this quote I came across recently really struck a chord with me, and it seems like sound advice:

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
– Fred Rogers 

Isn’t that a beautiful sentiment? Hopefully, it’s one that rings true for each of us when we need it most.

P.S. How incredible is the header image I used? It’s city lights visible from space! I’m not sure what continent, but isn’t it amazing?

(Image by NASA: Source)


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