“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” — Dr. Seuss.

If we watch too much television, waste too much time in front of the computer screen, or listen too long to the radio, we find ourselves inundated with every piece of bad news from every corner of the world. And it’s 99% depressing, filled with stories of riots, beatings, earthquakes, murders, genocide, scandals, bigotry, wars, tsunamis, addictions and just about anything else that plagues the human condition.

In the midst of all this we find ourselves so overwhelmed we seem to draw the conclusion that the entire human species is literally going to hell in a handbasket, and that our individual little lives can’t do anything about it. The world is simply too big, and the challenges too diverse. Often, we just want to give up on it all. The world we live in seems out of control. That is, until we finally realize we really don’t live IN the world, we only occupy a small part OF the world.

We cannot change what’s happening in the world out there, we can only change what’s happening in our world, the little bit of space in which we live. Once we understand this, we find it possible to be the change we want to see in the world, and realize we can make a difference. As the good Dr. says, “unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

We need to care a whole awful lot about the little part of the planet we occupy, and for the ones who pass by us every day. We can help heal, or we can help hurt. It’s up to us.