This isn't a gardening post. A post about something else that is occupying my nights and weekends at the moment and I'm wondering if it's something some of you might be able to assist with.
I'm a UN volunteer...before I continue this post, I have to say that I am not a political person as such and do not get into the politics of why a situation is, whether it is right or wrong - none of that rhetoric - I volunteer because I want to help innocent civilians. As a human, I want to contribute to the world in which I live. I've been lucky in that I've received help in the past from total strangers and even though I am an often cynical lady, I do feel that most people want to do the right thing and I still retain a certain wonder at the kindness of some people. I'm not a wealthy individual and cannot afford to donate much financially to worthy causes (although I do where I can, particularly to an organisation that helps homeless kids in my hometown - they once helped me a long time ago) so I feel that at least I can donate my time.
This year I started on a new project for Eastern Uganda working on Human Rights and got pulled into a project on sustainable agriculture as a side shoot of what I was doing (more on this in another post as I'll need to ask for your knowledge with regards to seed saving and storage) but I've been sidetracked of late. The Libyan Crisis happened and I started on an urgent project for OCHA, helping to map the Libyan crisis. Work I've done on each project has been ultimately very rewarding but I'm finding it difficult to unwind enough to sleep at night. I'm constantly on twitter feeds and news sites to report on what is happening to enable humanitarian agencies on the ground in Libya to get a map of what is happening where. When I'm not doing that, I'm researching the treatment of people in Uganda and the abuses they suffer. I'm the sort of person to get pulled into people's stories and some of what you discover is truly heart breaking, it keeps me up at night and permeates into my dreams.
So...do any of you know of any ways to help put an active mind at rest enough to enable sleep?
Sorry that this is a totally incomprehensible post. My mind is such a fog at the moment. One of you will know a sure fire herbal remedy or something!!