Your post reminded me of something that John(Senecus) wrote...I hope that he doesn't mind me posting it here...I thought they were good words.<quoted text>
It is a difficult process trying to find the right medium between just enough concern and desensitization in order to maintain our humanity and our sanity. Because emotionally it will burn you out if you don't come to terms with some of it but I agree, to get to the point where you don't care at all is not a place I want to be.
Although I can deal with the sad things way easier than the things that piss me off. When I think about things like while I am typing this somewhere right now someone is torturing an animal and raping a woman and molesting a child it makes me sick. I would love nothing more than to have some alone time with some of these people. I wouldn't kill them for religious reasons so they would live but it wouldn't be a good life.
And that kind of resentment builds and it just isn't healthy. Just like it isn't healthy for you to be reduced to tears each day. But at the same time how do we get to the point where we are like "well it sucks but that's life"? Because there are things too serious to ever be that way about them IMO. I'd rather care too much instead of too little but we probably do need to find ways to cope with it. Even helping one person or animal helps as I am sure you know. I have rescued abused and injured animals since I was a kid. I have found accepting our limitations is the best way to cope. To understand we can't change the world but we can at least make a difference, even if it is just for a few people.
Sometimes we tend to let the busyness of daily life cloud our focus of the needs of those around us. We may not mean to slight others, just preoccupied with "getting things done".
In scripture we find Jesus taking the time from His itinerary to "have compassion" on the crowds that followed or met up with Him. How much more should we when, seeing another in need, take some time to see if we could fill a need. It may just be a few dollars for lunch, or directing one to a neighborhood mission or homeless center where a need could be met. Or it could be assist an elderly person get their groceries or...wheelchair in their car. There are needs all around us, Beloved... let us be His hands, for -
"Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?
And the King will answer them,Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers you did it to me."(Matt.25:37-40)