I realize that at the moment I am in no position to help other people - I have to work on myself before I can possibly have the insight to actually know how I could ever go about making a difference.
Absolutely not true.
It is not a realization.
You don't have to be a super hero. You don't have to fix the whole planet.
There is a lot you can do to help.
Even the tiniest thing makes a difference.
But, I can sympathize with you. What has happened in Tibet.
The whole Earth is our homeland and things are in very bad shape.
You know like that saying, the "serenity prayer"
there are things you can change and things you can't,
know the difference, and be okay with that.
What people don't realize is that this kind of worrying
is actually a very strong type of self-indulging.
it's actually a kind of ego trip, ego clinging,
even though it appears at first to be just the opposite.
I think you know this.
This doesn't mean that you should have low expectations of yourself.
On the contrary, it means discovering that you actually have so much to offer
that even the tiniest amount will really matter.
That's a real super hero. The one who offers, who gives
without waiting for a "thank you".
But you have to go out and do it.
The thing is, start with something small, and work your way up.
Just do little things.
Perhaps, make it like Ngondro,
and vow to do 100,000 little things to help the world.
That ought to make a difference!!!
I think it was Chogyam Trungpa who made the point,
more or less,
that considering how screwed up the human race seems to be
we are doing remarkably well.
Stop focusing on the negative.
A lot of people are changing things for the better every day.
So, join in and be patient.
Something that always inspired me was that
Mahatma Gandhi used to sit at a spinning wheel
and spin thread for 1 hour every day.
It seemed like a pointless activity, not helping anyone.
But then he said, "if everyone in India spun thread for just 1 hour a day,
India would have no shortage of clothing!"
(This was during a time when the textile market was controlled by British importers,
and many people couldn't afford to buy clothing). So, even a tiny action can change the world
if enough people do it.
Dharma teaches how to be happy without depending on happiness,
and how to be sad without dwelling in sadness.
But if you can't stop dwelling in it,
you might have clinical depression.
maybe talk to your doctor.