If you’re watching the news at all, you know about Afghanistan. I try not to watch the news. I read it instead, but certain things are much more powerful on video, like the images we see coming out of Kabul. It really is depressing and heartbreaking. I feel bad about my daily life and how lucky I am when I think about the terror in Afghanistan.
There isn’t much I can do about it though, so I focus on doing good things here in my community and at the barn. If you listen to The Dirtbag Diaries podcast, you’ve heard the quote, “the cure for depression is action.” I can’t fix all the problems. I can’t fix any of the big problems. But, when I look around my little island, I see lots of people fixing lots of little problems. A guy I went to high school with spearheaded an effort to get a beautiful sidewalk built around Hatteras Village. People can get out for a walk more easily, and kids can ride their bikes safely all through tourist season. Another couple that lives here rehabs wildlife and always post beautiful pictures of animals they’re helping. A different couple started a sailing club that my son is involved in. It’s providing an incredibly cool way for kids to learn about not just sailing but responsibility, work ethic and the ocean that surrounds us. Good things are happening.
I was talking with some horse friends on Facebook about how many abused and neglected horses there are, a lot of them showing up in kill pens across the country. My foster horse, King, is an Amish throw away. He came out of the kill pen and I’m helping him out, but there will be 30 more like him next week. It’s never ending. Fostering him is a drop in the bucket, but it’s better than getting completely overwhelmed, giving up, and not doing anything at all. One of my friends pointed out that even though it doesn’t make a big difference, it makes a big difference to him.
I think for those of us who are not major players on the global political stage, the best thing we can do is find ways to help the places that we live. We can give back to our own neighbors, help animals, help children and do little things that together make big things.
So if you are heartbroken about Afghanistan, enjoy this picture of a formerly starved horse enjoying a two course breakfast in a safe place. it’s not much, but it’s something.