That's the thing, Stacy, most of the things that I can do RIGHT NOW are just sops to my conscience. There is NOTHING I can do but give money. Unfortunately, there's a point where I can't give any more money - after donating this year for Haiti and several donations to the folks on here experiencing difficulty I am tapped out financially and psychically (is that a word?).
I know we could do better with our carbon footprint, but at the same time it is unrealistic to think we could be carbon neutral. We don't live in that world. If I don't want to drive, then I ride the bus, but the bus runs on gas or natural gas, both of which take energy to extract and can be hazardous to man, beast and environment. I use reusable containers rather than plastic bags, but those containers are made out of plastic whose manufacture usually involves some sort of petroleum product. I would use glass, but JoJo's daycare doesn't allow it. And the tops of glass containers are plastic as well.
I'm doing my best in this life, I really do think I am. I try to be gentle with people, look after my environment, show compassion and concern for others, give when I can to charities and people in need. I guess that I can't allow myself to get sucked in to feeling bad about everything or I would drown in it.
I do feel guilty about not having an infinite capacity for it. I don't think I could ever be a social worker.
"Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out." -Anton Chekhov