Deanna Stringer

Lisa, That is the image that some of our people portray at times. It is sometimes not a far leap into that Kryptonite wall when we put on the suit of superhero and pretend we are God. It is like the story of the Dutch boy who saw the dam begin leaking and went to put his finger in the dike to plug the hole and then he sees another leak and tries to plug that one too. Eventually it gets beyond him. That is how I see this issue of compassion fatigue and even burn out. Once we say “Ok” and “I’m in” we get close to the suffering and if we don’t have boundaries and help, the dike springs more holes and our anxiety rises to a point we can’t handle. We are mortal and we are not God. Finite beings with finite ability for compassion and relieving suffering.