I saw How do you cope with toxic information overload? over on Healthy Child, Healthy World and it resonated with me. Having just watched Food, Inc last weekend, bad food, good food, ugly food has been on a loop over and over in my mind ever since. I thought that the movie wouldn’t bother me, but it hasn’t been that easy for me to move forward.
It’s really hard to keep all of that information contained in my brain and know what to do with all of it. I like how the author of the blog post on Healthy Child, Healthy World said, “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” It reminds of Oprah Winfrey’s saying, “When you know better, you do better.” I agree and I do better (what I can with what is under my own power). But I still admit to feeling totally flummoxed by the complexity of many of the issues regarding school food reform and education.
Recently I asked a friend, do you sympathize with children and babies more since becoming a mother? She answered with a resounding yes. That’s part of how and why I started this blog. Once that switch is turned on, it’s just not something you can turn off. Where I work I hear a lot of stories about children at my school. I could cry a thousand tears. One of my former coworkers once worked at a very rough school. She told me that when she became a mother she had to leave because she could no longer witness the neglect and feel powerless to change it.
How do you move on with knowledge that makes your head explode? I remember reading about the “fight or flight” response in a psychology class. Sometimes I want to fight, but sometimes I just want to run away….