It feels like we’ve been in crisis mode for years and just when we think we’ve seen the bottom, rumors of war bubble to the surface.
Ongoing pandemic fall-out, inflation, and now an international crisis in Ukraine?
I will take a second to acknowledge that we're in a world that's incredibly interconnected. If the pandemic taught us anything, it taught us that we are walking through life alongside people from every nation around the world. What is happening in Ukraine matters to Americans because the lives of innocent people matter.
We now operate on a global level and get our news “live,” so the news of war shakes us more deeply than it did in the past. It also comes to us as instant notifications that can pop up at any minute. In the past, people got access to the news once or twice a day and then moved on to do what needed to be done in the day-to-day. There are still important matters (family, friendships, meaningful work) that you have to care for today, in spite of the traumatic news that keeps swirling.
Fact: We will not change the trajectory of this current international conflict with worry.
Fact: We have no power to shape the outcome for any country just by reading articles, watching videos, and fearing all that the media tells us to fear.
Fear changes nothing.
We have made it through some amazingly difficult seasons. We will make it through this one, though that path may look different than we expect. Yes, we need to be wise. Yes, we need to be informed. However, we don't have to let stress make us unkind. Please, let's not allow fear of the future rob your days of joy for the small things. There are still amazing moments waiting for you today. Your blessings may be tiny, but if decide to focus on looking for them, you will find them.
Also, quick reminder on the financial side of things:
“One year after the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, the S&P 500 gained 15 percent. A year after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, it was up 35 percent. History shows that just one year after most stock-market-shattering crises, the S&P 500 stock index has risen.” – Jeff Sommer
Let’s not get carried away by today’s headlines, friends. This is only a moment in time. We don’t get to know what’s around the corner, but we can keep working to build a better world today.