Doing What We Can, Stitch by Stitch

In talking about how to be a hopeful neighbor in these modern days, it can be easy to get bogged down in the greater turmoil of the world: A global pandemic! Raging wildfires! Starving children! Terrorists! It’s enough to make any sane person want to curl up in a ball and hide under the covers for days on end. And it’s true, life is scary and the world’s problems are many. What can one person do (and does it matter)?

Author Anne Lamott offers some realistic optimism in her book, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair:

“...[M]ost of us have figured out that we have to do what's in front of us and keep doing it. We clean up beaches after oil spills. We rebuild whole towns after hurricanes and tornadoes. We return calls and library books. We get people water. Some of us even pray. Every time we choose the good action or response, the decent, the valuable, it builds