I just typed out all the irritating things which happened to me today. And then I deleted them.
Because they were all really petty (not to mention quite dull for you to read). Just the flotsam and jetsam of everyday life.
There are many people on our earth at the moment who would be grateful for “irritations” right now. People in the Middle East; people in Rotherham; the family of the dead gun instructor in the US; the parents of the child who shot him.
Unless we are politicians or in the armed forces we can’t sort out the Middle East, all the protests in the world won’t. We personally cannot make the vast Pro-Gun Lobby of Americans see the folly of teaching a 9 year old girl to shoot a semi-automatic weapon. (And can I just say, a fucking semi-automatic and a 9 year old child for fucks sake). Even a US president who SEES the folly will not change the law because it would be political suicide.
On twitter this afternoon one of my followees (an ex-serviceman actually) tweeted “I really must stop looking at the news. Unimaginable horrors in Rotherham and babies with machine guns and live rounds. Fucking madness”
In reply to my tweet despairing about the world he said “I think I will concentrate on fixing what I can in my own world and stay away from the news”
We cannot fix all of the multitudinous problems in our mad, mad world. But we can fix those in our own. We can raise our children to have values and morals. We can raise them to see beyond religion and skin colour. We can be kind to people. We can be kind to ourselves. We can be the best we can be.
No one can help everyone but everyone can help someone.