This is the first time in a long time where something I was talking about with someone else became a topic I wanted to bring up in a blog post. This morning, I was telling a friend that people should actually narrow their focus range. What I mean by that is that they should focus more on the things going on in their own neighborhood then what’s happening behind the curtains of the government or the terrorism of ISIS.
Those are big things that I never really wanted to talk about on my blog, but I’ve mentioned them now so there’s really no going back. Yes, I’m saying that a lot of people (even Christians) have their focus range way too wide and are more concerned about issues that they ultimately can’t control. This makes sense though. People are afraid of things that they have very little to no control over. They share their opinions about these large things whether other people want to hear them or not, and they debate about them and write stories about them, but at the end of the day, where is it actually taking them? People say we need to be “aware” of the issues they talk about or write news articles for. While I agree that people should be aware to an extent (after all, it’s better than having your head completely stuck in the sand), I don’t believe it’s healthy to be hyperaware, as some people are. Regardless of what people think they’re doing by consistently sharing facts and opinions on ISIS for instance, it still invokes fear, and prevents people from having the motivation and the confidence in life, and it can burden them with constant stress and worry. Believe me, I know this from personal experience. I had to stop reading about ISIS altogether at one point because it was tearing me down with doubt and feelings of hopelessness, rather than building me up.
It’s one thing to talk about what’s going on out there, but if we can’t do anything about it, what exactly is the point? People can talk and debate about government issues and the ISIS terrorists, but what exactly is the point if they’re not going to do anything about it? Since these wider issues are things that we can’t really do anything about, why not narrow the scope so that we can pay attention to the things that we can do something about?
By narrowing the scope, I mean pay attention to the people around you who may need help. When I went to Royal Family Kids, I was surrounded by abused and neglected foster children who live in the area that I live in, and it opened my eyes to something that I didn’t see before in my day-to-day routine. It showed me that people who are hurting or need help are all around me. We can see ISIS, and we can recognize political and economical problems, but we don’t always see what needs our attention when it walks right by us. We need to open our eyes to the people around us that are hurting. This really cuts deep to share this, but I myself have felt like that kind of person that needs attention. I’ve walked down streets surrounded by other people and walked around in stores feeling torn down and depressed, with so much on my mind about my future and what’s going on in the present. I’m not saying that you need to stop every person you come across and ask him if he’s okay, but I am saying that if you recognize that someone needs help or you feel that someone is having a very hard time, try to help that person in some way. The way you help might be a small gesture, but it will make a world of a difference to the person.
Other issues around us can be related to school bullying and the people who are without homes or proper shelter. We have the ability to donate to good causes meant to benefit different things around the world. We can volunteer for causes in our area like food drives or even well builders. Wells have been built in places like Africa thanks to donations. This is to list a few things that we’re capable of changing that goes a little bigger.
As a last note, I personally want to help those who battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. Depression can potentially come from having heard things in the news that is terrifying and discouraging. I’ve been through that. We need to be an encouragement to people, not explain to them more ways that the world can be a pretty scary place.