Why Being Overwhelmed Is A Good Thing
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Why Being Overwhelmed Is A Good Thing

Why Being Overwhelmed Is A Good Thing

Ok. I know you probably clicked on this link because you are thinking "I am very overwhelmed and how can that possibly be a good thing?" I can tell you that I know exactly how you are feeling. I have had the four tests and two papers due in one week. I have seen all of the injustice in the world, all of the people that need care, and the seemingly impossible amount of help our planet needs. I have had so many things happen to me that life seemed unlivable. Sometimes it was hard to remember to breathe because all of my energy was going into thinking about whatever was overwhelming me.

In fact, as I write this article, unspeakable things are happening all over the world. People are being mistreated in Mizzou and killed in Paris, Syria, and countless other places. There are people recovering from natural disasters in Japan. And this is just what is happening right now. At times, it can seem as if nothing you can do could possibly make a difference or have an impact in the world. But, I have a revelation for you. A short time ago, while I was thinking about how much hurt there is in the world and wondering how I could possibly make any difference, I came to a startling conclusion. Here it is:

I cannot actually make a difference in this world.

Wait, WHAT? I thought this article was supposed to be inspiring! Why the heck would you write something so upsetting?

Well, don't worry, there is a second part to my realization. I realized that I cannot actually make a difference in the world all by myself, and that is OK. I cannot make a difference in this world all by myself because I was not created that way. God designed us to need to rely on Him. We are not supposed to do everything on our own, nor does God want us to even try. As I sat in my room earlier this week feeling overwhelmed about everything that needed change in my life and the lives of others, I heard God quietly telling me,

"You are not alone. I have created you for a specific purpose, but I am going to help you and guide you along the way. I have not abandoned you and I am never going to abandon you."

As soon as I felt God saying this to me (I've always thought God's Voice was more of a feeling than an actual voice), I felt a huge weight lift off of my shoulders. Yes, our world is not perfect and yes, God calls us to try to mend our broken world, but we are not going to be alone as we try to accomplish this. He will be with us every step of the way. And He has also placed so many people in our lives whom we can reach out to for love and support, should He ever feel too far away from us.

So, even though being overwhelmed is not a good thing, I think that it is sometimes a good feeling to have because it reminds us that we are not made to live this life by ourselves. Being overwhelmed reminded me that we are not supposed to do it all alone.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Aretha Franklin Will Forever Be A Detroit Legend, I'm Proud To Share A Hometown With Her

Aretha Franklin lost her battle to pancreatic cancer, so we stop to reflect on her powerful journey.

Aretha Franklin Will Forever Be A Detroit Legend, I'm Proud To Share A Hometown With Her

Recently, Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, passed away. Ms. Franklin grew up singing in her church's choir in Detroit. Over the years, she decided to make singing a career, first signing to Columbia Records at 18. Years later, she signed with Atlantic Records where her most powerful tunes, such as "Respect," are remembered to this day. Her breathtaking vocals earned her 18 Grammy Awards and made her one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Keep Reading... Show less

Life Before Emancipation

Contraband Camps in Harpers Ferry


When the Civil War first broke out, the United States Army sought to preserve the Union, and did not have intentions on interfering with the institution of slavery in the rebellious states. In fact, in his first inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln promised not to interfere with slavery in the places where it already existed. Of course, at the time of this address, Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Tennessee had yet to secede, so he needed to keep a moderate stance. When the U.S. Army moved into states in rebellion, generals ensured civilians that they would not interfere with slavery, and would even hep quell potential uprisings. On May 22, 1861, this attitude towards slavery began to change. Prior to then, slaves who escaped into Union lines could be returned to their masters. In some cases, troops with more abolitionist leanings would aid the runaways, but it was not yet the norm. However on May 22, three runaway slaves approached Fort Monroe along the James River seeking refuge. The slaves stated that they were about to be sent South to work on the Confederate coastal defenses in the Carolinas. Instead of returning the slaves to their masters, the commander of the fort, Benjamin Butler, claimed the slaves were contraband of war and put them to work in support of the United States. He wrote Winfield Scott, general-in-chief of all federal armies, "Shall [the enemy] be allowed the use of this property against the United States and we not be allowed its use in aid of the United States?" Following Butler's actions, 900 more slaves would gather in Fort Monroe. Congress would back Butler's stance with the First Confiscation Act in August of 1861.

Keep Reading... Show less

Juneteenth: The Overlooked 'Independence Day'

If we can't celebrate different types of people and rejoice with them in their season of glee and jubilation, then what kind of "land of the free" is this, anyway?

News Desk

I want to begin this article by saying that I was raised to be about as patriotic as it gets. I was born and bred in the "Bible belt" where we learned to say "thank you for your service" before we could even comprehend what those words truly meant. My father is a highly respected and high-ranking Houston firefighter, and he is following in the footsteps of three prior generations of Houston firefighters within our direct lineage. My maternal grandfather served in the U.S. Army, and I have multiple family members and personal friends who have served and/or are currently serving in our nation's military. And lastly (probably most important), my husband is currently serving as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, as well. So I think it goes without saying that I have the utmost admiration and respect for public servants and first responders of all kinds.

I love our nation's military and I love this nation. But I am not a blind patriot with my head stuck in the sand. I will always support our troops, but I will very rarely support the ugly wars that we fight (both literal and figurative) across national borders and/or within our own walls.

I will be the first person to admit that this great nation in which we love so dearly is filled with hatred, ugly politics, extreme corruption and institutionalized oppression and racism (just to name a few). I love America and I am grateful that I live here, but I am not blind to America's obvious flaws.

War and political nonsense aside though, I think it is worth noting that America is already great, but let's not be ignorant, America is certainly not the "land of the free" for every race, religion and sexual orientation out there. So let's stop treating it as such. The sooner we can recognize our legitimate internal problems, the better off we will be. Our gullibility is getting us nowhere.

Keep Reading... Show less

Dear Dad, I Love You

Here's a thank you for all the ways you have made my life better, Dad.


Celebrating Father's Day 2022

Keep Reading... Show less
A Letter To My Dad On Father's Day
Carmen Bonora

Dad, you are the strongest man I know. You have raised us girls up to be hardworking strong women and if I do say so myself, you did a mighty fine job of it. You have helped us become strong and independent women.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments