Sigmeud FreudI heard a story long ago about Sigmund Freud when someone asked him what they should do if they were feeling depressed. He said, “Go out and find someone who is worse off than you and help them.”

We are now in that part of the year which is supposed to generate feelings of joy and happiness – however, too many have feelings that are the opposite – depression, hopelessness, and despair. Suicides rise during the holidays – the list of troubles and woes can seem endless.  It’s much like the third verse of I heard the Bells on Christmas Day which ends on the note of

“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Me2 Solutions deals in crisis management and the ultimate crisis is that of the individual. For ultimately, individuals have to be dealt with and we have three options – help, ignore or hurt even more. It’s the messy reality that’s LIFE. We can wall ourselves off and ignore, but no matter the height of the wall, we still know they are there on the other side.

So what do we do? That is the question that each person has to answer for themselves. Whether you are sitting in a house of worship, sitting in your home or walking the streets of your city, you will be offered the challenge of being human – and living in a world of other humans. What will you do?

I once heard a sermon that could be summed up in two words, “Therefore, what?” If you receive glorious instruction in church, what do you do when you leave? What will you do differently from what you would have done before you came?

My wife’s grandmother, Eva Willis Wangsgaard, was a renown poet and these are the words she used to express a concept in her poem Dust is Kind that is simple but profound:

If every man relieved the pain he saw,
We’d need no glory, heaven would be here.

Notice she said every man, not groups, organizations, institutions, cities or nations – it’s individuals. The solution to crises rests with individuals – whether they are individual, family or societal crises. Think of the worst situation you can – the slums of Calcutta come to mind – and remember that one person made a difference as Mother Teresa proved.

If you are in despair or troubled, reach out to someone – anyone – and offer your help and don’t be afraid of asking for help. You might be someone’s desperately needed lifeline.

From all of us at Me2 Solutions – May you have a Merry Holiday season, which ever holiday you observe, and a glorious New Year!

 

A physicist by trade, author by choice, a born teacher, a retired veteran, and an adamant problem solver, Frank has helped the White House, federal agencies, military offices, historical museums, manufacturers, and over 250 technology startups get stuff done, communicate effectively, and find practical solutions that work for them. In his spare time, he makes sawdust and watches Godzilla movies.