How To Think About World Trauma

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Making sense of world trauma

Dealing with world trauma and sensationalized news broadcasts can be overwhelming. A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided to take a break for a couple of days. This really helped us get our world in perspective. Instead of feeling scared and defensive, this respite gave us the space to open to a higher calling to live the peace we want to create in the world.

We used that time to make decisions. No longer paralyzed by our fear, we committed to buying smarter, voting wiser, loving bigger, and using our time to serve the marginalized.  This year we are actively involved in Project Hope in Haiti, Teen Empowerment and The Villa of Hope in Rochester NY, and have just begun a relationship with Kelly For Kids in Buffalo.

My clients and readers have been curious on how I understand what is happening in our world. This is what I tell them.

How To Think About World Trauma

Tweet: How to think about #world #trauma and what you can do about it. @JodiAman

There’s always going to be people in the world suffering.

In this given moment, those are the people that are experiencing hell on earth. It’s not okay.

Think about it symbolically. Take yourself out of the chaos of it so you don’t get caught in fear and confusion. Then, say, “Okay, what can we do about it?” This is the important piece.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Ghandi 

When we froze in our trauma and our fear, we’re no good to anybody. You may feel helpless but you are not. Even little things make a difference. Visit someone, forgive an old friend, reach out to someone hurting, feed the hungry, donate old clothes, listen to the weary, write a thank you note, volunteer, educate yourself, pray, vote, write letters, and inspire children.

What can you do to contribute to peace in the world?

6 thoughts on “How To Think About World Trauma”

  1. You’re right Jodi, world pain will always be around. We can’t escape it, nor we can’t do anything about it. But we have the power by our actions, words and prayers to change some things.
    I want to do more but for the moment I feel a bit overwhelmed by all that need to be done. And I don’t know where to start. I pray God to use me in any way to do good and inspire others.
    Thanks for your precious advices.
    Stay blessed & may you and your loved ones have a fabulous year 2016!!
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    1. Marie, Do you know that story about the street sweeper who became enlightened. What did he do? He continued to sweep streets. What I am saying it that small things you are doing, especially inspiring with your writing is just as meaningful as anything! Keep up the good work and your path will form itself! xoxo

  2. I totally agree that there are people at this moment who are experiencing hell on earth. It made me wonder if they have the option to seek treatment or are they being deprived of this choice as well. Being too bothered about this makes me want to seek proper certification for being a trauma therapist.

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