This has not been an easy summer for the planet. The world looks a little wounded to me, and a lot of people I talk to are feeling it. We've had the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico on our minds, the worst marine spill in the history of the industry, and now the worst heat wave in a thousand years in Russia, not to mention flooding in Asia. (All of these climate events were predicted in the last global climate report, the Associated Press points out.)
How do we deal with bad news in our lives? It’s a big question. Earlier this summer Ira Flatow, of NPR’s Science Friday, interviewed an expert on “compassion fatigue,” Charles Figley of Tulane University. He pointed out that for people who care, burn-out is almost inevitable in troubled times:
By the way, if you don’t have any compassion, you’re not going to get compassion fatigue. So, you know, welcome to the human race.
Figley added that everybody needs to recharge their batteries sometimes, to turn off the news, to breathe, to take pleasure in their lives.
One little thing that gives me great pleasure in life is ginger.