Watching television, flipping through the Internet, listening to blaring music on your commute, these things can suffocate our engagement with the world. Whatever does this for us, each person can say what those things are. Ask yourself:
- What makes me feel less connected to the world around me and within me?
- What pushes me away from myself and others?
As soon as you answer those questions you can reverse the disengagement. You can stand up to the things that choke you off from sustainable connections and form them again in your own life. You are the answer to your question.
The Talmud says, “Whatever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” You can save the entire world by engaging within yourself and throughout the world around you. You are the problem and the answer, and nothing is stopping you but you.
Go to work.