Each Person to Their Ability

I know that the urge and need to help may exceed your ability to help right now, and you may see some ablest comments that make you feel like you are not enough. Help to your ability. There are plenty of folks who can and will physically protest, and really, many do understand that there are folks who probably shouldn’t do that. It can be dangerous, you may need to move quickly, the noises are loud, and there are lots of people on the front lines. Covid 19 is still here, and immune suppressed people definitely shouldn’t be out in groups. I see you and I get that.

Many people will be able to help by donating money. If you can, that is awesome! We also know that a lot of people don’t have jobs right now. I personally do not have a job right now or any source of income. When I did have income, I gave it away. I have also given away all of my savings. In money, I simply have none left to give. I understand if you don’t either. You and I both know that if we had it, we would give it, so we can find other ways to help.

If you have access to some free downloads, there are lots of lists of books that you can read, if reading is your jam. This is a very personal, less visible way to help, but probably the most helpful overall because it changes and educates you as a person. Never underestimate that. It is important. Sharing things that are helpful on social media is also a great way to help, some folks call some of that “armchair activism”, but I know that can be frustrating for people who can’t physically do things. The fact that you are researching, thinking about, and critically assessing things yourself is also helpful.

Sometimes we have disabilities and illnesses that are invisible. I have clinical depression, and for me that means that if I am going through a depressive time, I have both good and bad days. There are many invisible illnesses and disabilities that also make it so that people have “good and bad days”. If you have never heard of “Spoon Theory”, google that. It is a very helpful. I understand not having enough spoons. In order for me to have nearly endless spoons, I have to be not depressed for a long period of time. I have been in a deep depression for over 2 years, and my spoons are very limited. Today I slept til 5 pm and cried multiple times. Today I didn’t have enough spoons for much of anything. I felt guilty about that. I can’t tell you not to feel guilty about that, because I don’t know how to tell myself not to feel guilty. I’ll just say “I understand you, and I empathize with you.”

Do what you can. I’m doing what I can. None of us will ever feel like “enough”. I don’t know that it’s humanly possible, but we can all contribute something.