These are anxiety-inducing times, aren't they? Fear and uncertainty are rife. A scroll through the news sites fills me with dread: Trump, Brexit, climate change, countless humanitarian crises, racism, misogyny, still no same-sex marriage equality in Australia, politicians shrieking at one another like school yard bullies... I've implemented a morning news ban, as perusing the day's stories on my commute was putting me in a foul mood. (Unless your work requires otherwise, I highly recommend this course of action.)
Surely now is not a good time to start a business?
The truth is, of course, that everything has always been uncertain. There have always been devastating global events and vast inequalities. But when you're an idealist, as I am, these truths are abrasive, scraping at our sense of how things should be.
I've been actively reminding myself to 'look for the helpers' - in reference to that wonderful story from Mr. Rogers, about what his mother would tell him when he saw something scary on the news.
“My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”
Yes, the helpers are always there. And they include you, the helping professionals, the people who devote their days to supporting others - those experiencing trauma, experiencing suffering.
The world right now needs helping professionals as much as ever. Perhaps more so. This is critical work. The world needs you at your best - those you are serving need for you to be coming from a place of wholeness, not depletion. You're going to need support.
And so now is exactly the right time for me to stand up, too, and say: hi, I'm Rachel, I'm here to support you.