I’m sure none of us expected to see a war broken out in Europe in the 21st century. I’m utterly shocked and outraged about the violence and war when I heard the news of Russia invading Ukraine. For many sensitive people, it can be very overwhelming to live in a time of a pandemic, economic downfall, injustices and now war with a threat of nuclear weapons.
Many people talked to me about how depressing the state of the world was and the general pessimistic outlook of the future. I get it, I really do. There is so much sufferings and injustice in the world and it’s easy to feel like nothing we do or say matters.
But what if Ukraine wins? What if the war is stopped? What if people coming out of this tragedy more unified and more determined for peace? It might seem like the dark history is repeating itself but there are some differences. The world is also outraged about Russia-Ukraine war, the Internet makes information widespread in an instance. Look how much support the world rallies for Ukraine and how quick we come together? Even the famous hacker organization Anonymous is jumping into taking a stand for peace.
Let’s choose hope. In the face of devastating news and horrific state of the world, let us hope for the peaceful outcome. Let us hope for the better days. We are waking up. People are speaking up, even at the risk of getting arrested in Russia. People do care. It all shows that we have a lot of love and compassion in us. We are naturally good!
To balance ourselves and avoid being too overwhelmed, I suggest to put a limit on how long you watch the news. It’s easy to scroll for hours on TikTok and Facebook. Know your capacity and take care of yourself. It’s important to keep up on the news but know your limit to not be over exposed and over stimulated.
When you’re more balanced, you can respond with clarity. What you do matters. Even something small like speaking up against the war matters. Do what you can. Meditate, speak up, donate, whatever small act you can do to contribute to the right cause, do that.
Another thing important we can learn from this difficult wartime: prioritize your relationships. Look at the refugees, they don’t bring their whole fortune with them, they bring what matter most: their loved ones. So today, spend time with your loved ones and tell them you love them.
Choose hope. Do what you can. And hold your loved ones tight.
May the world know peace and have peace soon.