*Whatever Gets You Through the Night

My mother used to get upset with me when I would come to her, weeping over something I read or heard that bothered me deeply. Usually I would become overwhelmed with pity or grief over an ad featuring starving children in far-off lands, or hurt or neglected animals.

“You can’t bleed for the whole world!” she would say, and go about her business. Sometimes these same things bothered her, too, but she couldn’t (or wouldn’t) give those thoughts any real estate in her mind. I never understood how she did it.

But I do now. Over the years I have given what money I could to animal shelters and agencies that helped children in poor countries to have food and education. Each year I donate my handmade jewelry for our local animal shelter’s auction.

After my parents died, I lost my “shield” that kept me from worrying and hurting over helpless children and animals. Many nights I found that I could not sleep for worrying and feeling terrible that I couldn’t help them all. I felt absolutely raw with pity, sorrow and worry.

I finally realized two truths: 1) that worrying and fretting over things that I cannot help or change will not help anyone, including myself. 2) That I have the means and power to help where I can and believe that others are also doing what they can. We can only do what we can do.

When these worries and sorrows threaten to overcome my sanity and health, I say out loud: “they (people/animals) are all right. They are getting the help that they need. They are safe now, and all is well.”

I also found my “shield” again. This is a handy construct to keep in mind, especially if you are prone to worry anyway, or have people around you who continually fan the fires of worry and hurt. These folks, whom I call **energy vampires, will feed on your empathy, your kindness and your strength. Energy vampires can also be sad stories on TV or the Internet.

To keep them from feasting on your strength, build yourself a mental shield. It can be made of anything you choose, and you can make it as ornate and powerful as you like; it’s your personal shield. Put a picture of it in your mind, and when you need it, say to yourself “shields up!” (Yup, just like Captain Kirk on the Enterprise.)

My own energy shield is made from solid and beautiful rock crystal. It deflects negativity, fear, worry and hurt, but it lets in light, air, happiness and faith. Try it out; it really does work. Best of all, the energy vampires can’t get to you.

Whatever gets you through the night, baby.

*Whatever Gets You Thru the Night
“Whatever gets you through the night
It’s all right, it’s all right
It’s your money or your life
It’s all right, it’s all right
Don’t need a sword to cut through’ flowers
Oh no, oh no
Whatever gets you through your life
It’s all right, it’s all right
Do it wrong, or do it right
It’s all right, it’s all right
Don’t need a watch to waste your time
Oh no, oh no
Hold me, darlin’, come on, listen to me
I won’t do you no harm
Trust me, darlin’, come on, listen to me
Come on, listen to me; come on, listen, listen
Whatever gets you to the light
It’s all right, it’s all right
Out of the blue, or out of sight
It’s all right, it’s all right
Don’t need a gun to blow your mind
Oh no, oh no
Hold me, darlin’, come on, listen to me
I won’t do you no harm
Trust me, darlin’, come on, listen to me
Come on, listen to me, come on, listen, listen.”
**From the wonderful Noreen McDonald’s classes. Check her out at http://www.noreenmcdonald.com.
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One thought on “*Whatever Gets You Through the Night

  1. Jodi says:

    Such great advice. I learn so much from your wisdom jane. Thank you for sharing. 💛

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