What to Do
As the old Quaker adage goes: "Don't just do something - sit there!"
- Spend time with people we love. Just being together, before planning what to do next.
- Spend a few days off Facebook and Twitter.
- Visit a place of worship and pray with people there.
- Write letters of anger and love that might or might not get sent.
- Read something like Psalm 137. Insurmountable despair is real. We have to acknowledge those seething depths of anger and fear before we can move on.
- Notice when we do things compulsively. Count how many times.
- Leave the group that sucks the life out of us.
- Tell someone when we need help.
- Give help to someone who asks.
- Tell someone we love them.
Unfriend people who are toxic, but don't unfriend people who simply make us uncomfortable. Spend time with the latter, in silence if need be, not trying to come to an agreement, but affirming each other's humanity.
And then, when we feel closer to whole again, go out and work for change. God is with us.