I cannot save the world.
I cannot save anyone.
I can love. I can support. I can empower. But it is not my responsibility to save.
Caring and compassionate persons are often plagued with feelings of guilt, self-blame and self-loathing because they cannot save others from their pain or their own demise. We should be offering our love and support, but with the firm awareness that it is not our responsibility to save anyone. When we make another’s success or thriving our responsibility, we weaken them. Taking responsibility for others that is not ours to take, not only disempowers them, but it falsely and egoically, empowers us. In other words, to do so is unhealthy for everyone. What our loving, heart-centered selves can do is give others tools, knowledge and wisdom. We can give them support and consolation. We can give them love, as much as they will allow us to give. We must always strive to empower others in their own choices and by affirming their responsibility for themselves. It is so very hard not to want to save every suffering soul, but we only disempower them when we make it our responsibility to do so.