With many concerned parents and grandparents, I recently attended a community seminar about bullying. As you know if you saw my Facebook post, I was extremely disappointed that the panel members discussed coping with bullying rather than preventing it. Although it’s great to give parents suggestions for helping their children deal with bullies, why wasn’t preventing bullying included in the teaching?

I also recently attended a seminar about a Christian worldview. The information was detailed, passionately delivered, compelling, and fascinating. During the four hours, my feelings vacillated among being concerned, fearful, angry, exhilarated, and overwhelmed. Listening and working to process it all was exhausting.

I realized, anew, that apathy is easy. I was so overwhelmed at one point that I was almost sorry to learn what I was learning. There were so many ideas, I had no clue which to follow up on, if any. Knowing that action is harder than apathy, I felt myself wanting to choose apathy. But, I also knew (and know) that apathy is dangerous and despairing, but movement matters and hope transforms.

At the close of the seminar, the presenter shared a few suggestions about how we could respond to what we had learned. That helped. I’ll make some decisions and do something.

For bullying, worldview, and other issues important to me, I refuse to be paralyzed by feelings of being overwhelmed. What about you? Do you know what you could do about something that concerns you? Will you step up and do it? It may not take as much effort or as much time as you assume.

Let’s send one letter. Deliver one meal. Pray for one person. Try to influence one decision maker. We can do what we can where and when we can. We can do something. We must.