How are you going with the #feelgoodinAugust project?
When world affairs become incredibly complex, it is possible for us to be swept up, feel hopeless, impotent, ineffective. One of the ways to deal with those feelings is to shrink your locus of control. Pull your attention back to that part of the world that you can control. You certainly are not in control of the circumstances in Gaza or Mount Sinjar, or in Nigeria, or anywhere else on the globe. Your locus of control is confined to yourself and, to a greater or lesser extent, to the people in your immediate circle. So the only way that you have of influencing the people around you is to change yourself.
A friend of mine, many years ago, said that when we change ourselves, we change the generations that preceded us and those who succeed us. So, when we are feeling overwhelmed, when events surrounding us are impossible to understand, and we find anxiety or impotence is rising within, refocus our attention, refocus our point of view, to our internal world. By practising mindfulness meditation, prayer, deep reflection, we begin to develop wisdom, and the capacity to build resilience, to build internal capacity.
The old assertion that "what you practice, you reinforce", is so true. So if you want to reinforce, to practice, to strengthen your resilience, focus your attention on that which you can change. Continue to practice that which you can change, diligently, with focus, and you will develop resilience.
I have made a new creative visualisation around resilience.