We’re living in anxious times. Recent studies have shown the Millenial generation (those born between 1981 and 1996) is one of the most anxious yet with the following age group, Generation Z, hot on their trail. We live in an age of technology that connects us to any location across the globe at any time, and yet all that information can be somewhat terrifying. We are no longer limited to bad news in our local area, we now have complete access to what is happening (good or bad) around the world. It can be downright disheartening.
Fred Rogers, of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood fame, felt the same way most of us do at times. But instead of focusing and worrying about how bad things were, he learned to take a closer look. Rogers once explained, “When I was a boy, and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers…To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
The media tends to zoom in on the scary stuff. Their job is to track down the facts and share what they learn. Today with a 24/7 news cycle, we have more access than ever to what is happening in our world. Yes, bad things occur regularly. Yes, it can be scary to think about. But it’s up to us to take a closer look and find the helpers. Don’t worry. They’re out there. Although, they might not be highlighted or in the spotlight. They are usually much more comfortable behind the scenes. These superheroes don’t wear capes, or fly, or battle alien intruders. Instead, you might see them wearing a t-shirt and jeans or maybe under a firefighter’s helmet, driving a beat-up truck filled with groceries for their local shelter, or carrying an elderly neighbor’s paper to the front door to save a few steps. These are the helpers. They’re the ones making this world a little better every day. The helpers choose kindness, selflessness, and love over fear or comfort. They offer their own brand of superpowers: time, resources, and talents.
The world needs more of them. That’s where you and your tribe come in. You are already in the perfect position to be a superhero to someone else. All it takes is a little time and effort. And maybe the ability to see when someone is sending up the distress signal. Just keep your eyes peeled for that bat signal in the night sky.
We can all be helpers. No matter our age, education, financial status, or body type. All it takes is a willingness to lend a hand and a watchful eye for those in need.
Next time you start to feel overwhelmed by the darkness, look for the helpers. They are there. Spreading light one beam at a time.