Why isn't anybody doing something?
I thought about this as I sat and listened to a smart, compassionate group of people debate the options out there for helping a child who is being emotionally and physically abused. Once you get past the emotions of it, there are a lot of tangible things you can do to get help. The only problem is which is the right one, or which one do you try first? The life and death nature of the situation combined with the fear of making the wrong choice in trying to help...well, it can all lead you to take no action. Not because you are bad or lazy...but because you are afraid. Fear is a powerful motivator.
I use to tell people that I was more afraid of being afraid than whatever it was that I was afraid of. Most of the time that is still true, but we all have those situations in our life that freeze us in our tracks. Unable to move backward and too scared to move forward, we sit and wait. Too often we talk it to death ~ with others and even inside our own heads ~ until we nearly go crazy or the situation resolves itself another way. That last sentence caused me to cringe as I typed because my life has been full of situations where the do nothings won out and years later grown adults were standing around looking at each other going, "What??!!" when the subject of why something happened got brought up. I call it being an Eeyore. I have known a lot of Eeyores in my life; one thing that absolutely does NOT make me glad. :(
This made me start thinking about inaction. What is it? What causes it?
Imagine my surprise when I googled "inaction quotes" and was led to not only great quotes, but quotes that made me take a momentary pause. Note, I utilize google multiple times a day, every day of my life, and yes, I am still surprised when I find whatever it is that I am looking for (or not looking for as the case might be). I have included a few of my favorites below.
Labels: Eating an Elephant, Eeyore, Glad Game, Inaction, Pollyanna