Summer Blues

tornado of fireQ:  Wildfires causing cars to explode on the highway, floods and tornadoes wiping homes and dreams away, and islands sinking beneath the seas. I will not stop watching the news even though many of my friends have.  How can I enjoy summer when so many are suffering catastrophic losses each day?

A.  Thank you for your compassion and integrity.  I share your concern and can appreciate why you are feeling “blue.”  Sometimes when I watch the news I wonder how the rest of the world sees us. I also wonder what has happened to the people and communities no longer in the headlines—for example, over 300 fires  have consumed five million pristine acres of forest in Alaska.

I agree, don’t turn away from the news, but ask yourself the following questions as well:

    • Do your summer plans include activities that you absolutely love?  If yes, give yourself permission to enjoy them.
    • Are you taking time to clear your mind?   Massage? Meditation? Yoga? Reading a book?  Taking a walk?
    • Have you identified a way to channel your concern?  Note: You can go beyond financial contributions and deepen your knowledge about sustainability and climate change, or you may identify a cause you want to become more active in.

Finally, how are the adverse weather conditions impacting your business?

    • What is the likely impact on the cost of food this winter?
    • How has transportation been effected—time of goods to market?
    • What is the likely cost of clean up and rebuilding?
    • What jobs are likely to be created?  Where?  When?

I hope that you will find inspiration in one of my favorite poems by John Donne:

Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee. 

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