Teachers

One way to avoid compassion fatigue is to find a teacher, a mentor, who is so full of passion and compassion that s/he instills that same energy in us. Chris Hedges does that for me. About the time I’m pretty sure I have nothing left to put into fighting for the justice issues discussed on […]

Compassion Fatigue I and II

There are two kinds or dimensions of compassion fatigue. Critical Care Nurses may get the first kind. Homeless advocates often suffer this fatigue. Hospital and Hospice Chaplains are vulnerable to this kind of tired. This particular brand of burnout is experienced most identifiably by people who go to work every day and all day knowing […]

Too Much

I don’t know what all y’all do when, with William Wordsworth you feel “The world is too much with us, late and soon…” For me, finding nourishing and nurturing writings by folks who seem blessed with a kind of incurable optimism does the job. Here’s a recent example from my favorite cowboy. His name is […]