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An Open Letter to Those Who Still Give a Damn


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Kathy
- 243 days ago - globalpossibilities.org
It's exhausting to give a damn isnâEUR(TM)t it? To be a person of compassion in a time when compassion is in such great demand? To wake up every day in days like these, and push back against predatory politicians and toxic systems and human rights atrocities



   

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MmAway M (522)
Saturday July 21, 2018, 7:49 pm
OK Kathy I loved it and my heart is truly SOFT! xxoo
From part of the news at site for those that can't get it...

"Not long after the election I purchased a blood pressure monitor. And not one of those manual base models, either. I went high-end, top of the line; full upper arm cuff, automated pressure, digital readout—the works. I soon stopped using it though, as it was a daily reminder of how stressed I was. I don’t look at it any longer. I don’t measure my blood pressure anymore. Now I just assume it’s dangerously high.

Those of us who give a damn all have new dangers assailing our hearts these days, and it is in this time of relentless urgency and sustained trauma and prolonged fatigue and profound fracture that you and I find ourselves.

I’m not sure why you’re reading this, but it’s probably because still you’re a damn-giver; because you are a fierce lover of humanity and of the planet, and of people who don’t look or worship or sound like you. As a result you probably find yourself pissed off, disconnected, isolated, worn out, and exhausted because how few people are as moved by the need around them as you are.

Whether you’re an activist or a minister or a parent or a caregiver, or just a citizen of the planet who is moved by other people’s suffering—you likely feel the immeasurable heaviness of these days. Sure, speed and activity can mask it for a while, but if you stop long enough, the reality of the fatigue catches up to you—you can measure the toll it’s all taken on you. I want you to measure it. I want you reckon with how tired you are. I want you to hear yourself exhale with the heavy sigh of someone who feels the weight of it all."
 

Animae C (507)
Saturday July 21, 2018, 7:55 pm
Oh boy you can say that again!
i have been personally criticized for giving a damn way too often!!!

Crazy world!
Shared.
TY Kathy
 

Janis K (129)
Saturday July 21, 2018, 8:12 pm
Thanks for sharing this!
 

Freya H (345)
Saturday July 21, 2018, 8:17 pm
You have to pick your battles. You have to focus on the issues that mean the most to you. You have to pamper yourself from time to time, and take the occasional vacation from activism.
 

Sue L (72)
Saturday July 21, 2018, 9:28 pm
Thanks for sharing this uplifting message Kathy. We will get through this. We will defeat Trump and the evil Republican Party/
 

Colleen L (3)
Saturday July 21, 2018, 9:29 pm
Ditto Animae and Freya's comments. Been down same road as Animae when it comes to speaking what's on my mind. . Thanks Kathy
 

ANA MARIJA R (200)
Saturday July 21, 2018, 10:02 pm
copy&paste Collen L XD
BUT It's 7 a.m. here in Zagreb and I'm sending 💕💕💕💕💕 to ALL of us... :)
no doubt shared
Thank you, Kathy
 

MmAway M (522)
Saturday July 21, 2018, 10:44 pm
Absolutely never shut my mouth and hate it when I am TOLD TO!!! xxoo
 

Raleighaway k (359)
Saturday July 21, 2018, 11:10 pm
I'll never stop fighting for justice and giving a damn! TYFS Kathy posted tweeted
 

John W (5)
Sunday July 22, 2018, 4:25 am
Thanks
 

Ben O (135)
Sunday July 22, 2018, 9:27 am
Care2...? -In fact I do!
 

Pat B (356)
Sunday July 22, 2018, 9:40 am
Noteworthy post!
I join the tribe/friends in CARING!!!! and giving too!

Thanks, Kathy.
p.s. I've bookmarked it so that I can read this every day. By the looks of it, we're not alone.
 

Peggy B (43)
Sunday July 22, 2018, 2:40 pm
TYFS, Kathy
 

TOM T (247)
Monday July 23, 2018, 11:47 am
VERY KEWL !

This is fascinating and horrifying — thank you. –
 

Richard A (2)
Monday July 23, 2018, 1:48 pm
Thank you for this.
 

Fiona O (562)
Tuesday July 24, 2018, 1:13 pm
I had a Chicago cop knock out six of my teeth and break my jaw at the 1968 Democratic National Convention...that shut my mouth for almost a year....and I sure will never shut my mouth volunatarily in terrible things are being said and done.....
 

Fiona O (562)
Tuesday July 24, 2018, 1:25 pm
This is one situation of which I am very sure.... veterans are finally getting appropriate and almost timely medical care....there is no longer a suicide list....as there was for almost 14 years. People while they may be receiving bread crumbs in their pay checks according the Nancy Pelosi.....all feel like they got a raise...they are not millionaires like Nancy Pelosi....they are all getting more money in their pay checks....since the terrible tax cut....true millionaires get more.....but everyone except for the Democrats and the demented at Care 2.....is happy having more of their money. My social security check went up for the first time in ten years....in actually more money for me.....it always went up a little but never enough to be more money because the Medicare part A premium always went up more.

So here we have.....a president who makes some twitter storms....he did before he was president....what harm do these storms do.....while more people are employed, more people have more money no matter who poor or rich they are...

The man who does the twitter storms.....gives a Damn and much more of a Damn....than the Care 2 collection of haters.
 

MmAway M (522)
Tuesday July 24, 2018, 2:51 pm
Thank you Fiona ~ sadly the World has so many people that are takers and want to stab all they know in the back if it "Might" benefit them. Jaded, yes, sadly I am.
I stopped tracking this article when I forwarded it to a few friends...picking it up a bit.
We all have differences, we all HOPEFULLY are never BULLIED into submission, "but" I hope and pray those on this site don't attack others. I know sadly that is a losing battle sometimes.
Something going on here that apparently I didn't catch in the actual news at site! Ummm Will someone please enlighten me.

 

Winn Adams (179)
Tuesday July 24, 2018, 3:31 pm
Completely agree with Freya. Thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 24, 2018, 11:30 pm
TYFS.
 

Julie W (33)
Wednesday July 25, 2018, 2:57 am
Fiona, I gave you a green star for your first post, then I read: "The man who does the twitter storms.....gives a Damn and much more of a Damn....than the Care 2 collection of haters." I now wish I could take the star back! Somehow I missed that you are an avid Trump supporter.

."...what harm do these storms do....."? You have to be kidding! Trumps impetuous tweets are wrecking diplomatic relations - right now it's Iran, next week who knows? You are naive to think they're not important.
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Kathy B (106)
Wednesday July 25, 2018, 7:18 am
So, Fiaona O. this is just about you? And to the blind eye you are seeing what tRump is doing to our (so called) democracy, environment and any diplomatic relationships we had with other nations?
 

Sheila D (28)
Wednesday July 25, 2018, 12:32 pm
Being empathetic, "giving a damn", can be exhausting. Pick your battles, but never stop. Even the Bible admonishes us to not "harden our hearts". Wonderful letter. Thanks for sharing, Kathy.
 

Anne K (139)
Wednesday July 25, 2018, 4:19 pm
Thanks, Kathy!
 

Patrick Donovan (344)
Thursday July 26, 2018, 2:53 pm
I like the summary:

"You are in good company, so keep going.

"Fight like hell to keep your heart soft, even while so many people have become hardened.

"Yes the world is upside-down right now, but we can make it right—one beautiful act of decency at a time.

"Get some rest and keep going.

"The world needs people like you.

"Blessed are the damn-givers, for they will right-side the world."
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday July 26, 2018, 7:26 pm
Thank you, Kathy.
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Friday July 27, 2018, 1:25 am
You are preaching to the choir. How many other people can we get on our side?
 

Jamie Clemons (282)
Friday July 27, 2018, 12:41 pm
While you guys are worried about what to be offended over next and protecting people who illegally flaunt the law and enter our country. While you beat the drums of war against Russia millions of people in our country are living in poverty, we still have no universal health care and our environment is being stripped bare.
 

Fran F (116)
Friday July 27, 2018, 4:21 pm
Thank you, Kathy!
 

Julie W (33)
Friday July 27, 2018, 7:05 pm
jJamie, " millions of people in our country are living in poverty, we still have no universal health care and our environment is being stripped bare"

Your comment implies we are only focusing in this one issue - and you know that's not true. Many Care2 articles are about just those problems.
 

Angela J (61)
Saturday July 28, 2018, 8:37 am
Thanks
 

Patricia N (9)
Sunday July 29, 2018, 5:34 am
Wonderful piece. It is hard to keep caring. Fiona O please note that I am very glad that money given to veterans is being used to help them but not if it is being used to buy more weapons of war. They definately have needed more help. So much of the twitter is filled with hate and that is what cannot be ignored. Most people here feel terrible for all humanity that have been killed and suffering all over the world from wars, drought and pollution and a few dollars more in a paycheck could not take that compassion away.
 

MmAway M (522)
Monday July 30, 2018, 3:22 pm
xxoo
 

ewoud k (68)
Tuesday July 31, 2018, 2:53 pm
How about this for a summary:

" you’re a damn-giver; because you are a fierce lover of humanity and of the planet, and of people who don’t look or worship or sound like you. As a result you probably find yourself pissed off, disconnected, isolated, worn out, and exhausted because how few people are as moved by the need around them as you are."

So true.

What worries me most is that not one of us is immortal, and as some day.. .That day, will there be someone to take our place?

Thanks to all of you for caring!

oxo
 

Laura K (0)
Wednesday August 1, 2018, 10:22 pm
Thanks!
 

Mitchell D (82)
Thursday August 2, 2018, 7:16 pm
Thanks!
 
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