The Problem Is So Big

That we can’t fix it.

Dorothy Day, a Christian social activist of the early 20th Century when problems looked at least as grim as today, said, “The sense of futility is one of the greatest evils of the day.…People say, “What can one person do? What is the sense of our small effort?” They cannot see that we can only lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment.”

That is the discipline. One step at a time. One day at a time. Actually, one hour at a time. Choosing in this minute just what I’ll do for one other person. Even Presidents of the United States soon discover that there are limits to even their power.

I recently talked with two guys in the locker room who run marathons. Each has qualified for Boston in their careers. I run to keep up with soccer players. I can’t fathom three hours of plodding along.

“What do you think about?” I asked. “You can’t think,” they replied. It is just a focus on putting the next foot in front. That’s the trick. One step at a time and then there you are at 26 miles.

The media has your emotions and fears amped up? Wash your hands frequently. Keep your immune system healthy with proper sleep, nutrition, and exercise. Just one step at a time. That’s what you can do.

Unless, of course, you happen to read this blog and you’re a microbiologist who knows how to design vaccines. Then, by all means, your step-at-a-time is to put the building blocks of a vaccine together. For the rest of us, though, we help immensely just by staying sane and taking proper precautions.

Same with political and religious/political viruses. They spread perniciously, too. Same thing…

One Response to “The Problem Is So Big”

  1. Dave Says:


    I just heard you are moving.



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