The blog post I had planned for last week seemed suddenly inappropriate and irrelevant, overshadowed by events. It was a week that shook many of us to the core, even those of us that do not live in or anywhere near the USA. Highly sensitive people feel deeply and process deeply, but this week high sensitivity is not a requirement to be processing events deeply. Many are asking how and why.
I know many of you reading are in the USA and I know there are many of you who are struggling right now to give last week’s events a place.
When things happen that you can not make sense of it’s tempting to throw your duvet over your head and never come out again. But come out of your hiding place you must. Move forward you must. Don’t retreat for long.
“Sensitive people feel so deeply they often have to retreat from the world, in order to dig beneath the layers of pain to find their faith and courage.”
― Shannon L. Alder
Go ahead and retreat from the world for a while.
Enforce a media fast.
Pamper yourself. Take care of yourself.
Hold your children tight.
Lose yourself in a book.
Gather up your family and spend time together.
Journal. Write about your feelings. Rant. Rave.
Dig deep and acknowledge your emotions. Accept your fear, your sense of discouragement, your anger. And then let it all go.
Because there comes a time to move on.
Resurface and come back into the world. You are needed here. More than ever.
If ever there was a time to dig deep and find your faith and courage, it’s now.
If ever there was a role for the highly sensitive members of the population, it’s now.
If ever there was a need for compassion, empathy, understanding and deep thinking, it’s now.
If ever there was a need for a dislike of conflict, it’s now.
If ever the conscientious had a role to play, it’s now.
If ever there was a need for deep processing, it’s now.
If ever there was a need for emotional intelligence, it’s now.
If ever there was a time for being bothered by chaotic scenes, it’s now.
If ever there was a need for people to be the change they want to see, it’s now.
If ever there was a need to show that hate doesn’t have a legitimate place in our societies, it’s now.
If ever there was a need to make a difference, it’s now.