Do what you can

Me, as a teenager: I don’t know what to do.

Dad: Well, there are things you do know to do, so focus on doing that.

This has been surprisingly useful life advice. The problem is seldom that we don’t know anything to do – it’s that we don’t know everything to do.

But that’s a copout. It’s like waiting for the all the lights to turn green before you can leave the house.

In The Didichae, a collection of early Christian teachings,  it tells us “For if you are able to bear the entire yoke of the Lord, you will be perfect; but if you are not able, then at least do what you can.”

Do what you can, where you are right now. If you can’t love everyone, love someone. If you can’t house everyone, house someone. If you can’t feed everyone, feed someone.

Lack of omniscience isn’t an excuse for inaction.

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