inspiration in a suffering world.

24 03 2011

Thoughts from Leah Nusse, Recruitment & Alumni Coordinator:

“With everything happening in the world right now, it is easy to feel discouraged.  We are all impacted by the loss and suffering being experienced on so many levels, by many people throughout the world.  As a global community, we must work together toward solutions.

Change is happening.  People are working tirelessly to help neighbors and strangers find the help they need, but there is still so much left undone.  Jesuit Volunteers have been doing this for 55 years and will most likely continue for the unforeseeable future.

At times, I feel paralyzed by what is happening.  Not knowing what will happen in the future, I do my best to remain focused on what I can do each day to help.

I’ve come up with a list of things I find helpful when trying to figure out how to help and carry on with my day-to-day responsibilities:

1.      Listen. Be present to what is happening.

2.      Start a conversation. Write a letter to the editor of a local publication, call your state representatives, post information about issues you care about on your social media outlets.

3.      Get involved. Give of your time, talent and resources in whatever way you can. Be creative and don’t be afraid to think radically.

4.      Have hope. Continue to engage in activities and relationships that bring you hope and inspiration.

What inspires or brings you hope in these challenging times?  Please share.”

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