The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss wrote “The Lorax” almost 50 years ago as a warning tale of consumerism and environmental ruin. The book reminds everyday citizens that their actions make a difference despite odds being stacked against them.
In my discussions with colleagues, friends, and loved ones over the past several weeks, a common theme of compassion fatigue has emerged. With so much tragedy broadcast on a near constant basis, it can be hard to focus renewed energy into the other issues going on in the world, and especially those that we care most deeply about. Dr. Seuss’ singsong poetry is a reminder that it’s okay to step back and breathe, to enjoy the silly indulgences in life like made-up words and tongue-twisters. Caring for ourselves by doing the things that most recharge us is critical to overcoming compassion fatigue and re-centering ourselves. Only then can we commit ourselves to action. On this Friday, take some time to do something silly — create something new, sing way too loud, dance with your kids/roommates/self or eat breakfast for dinner. Step back from the noise, so that when you return, you can emerge re-centered and re-energized to care a whole awful lot about the things that matter to you.
Brianna Curran, Washington, DC