Caring: Why We Should and Shouldn’t Do It

The world needs more people who care.

People who care about other people, people who care about their jobs, people who care what impact they have on the world.

They are the people who make this world a better place.  They are compassionate shoulders to cry on, dedicated employees and students, passionate pioneers of change.  They are the teachers who make potentially great students believe in themselves; the I.T. employees who spend the night at work when something needs to be fixed–even if they’re not getting paid extra; the amazing stay-at-home mothers and fathers who coach the soccer teams, run for their child’s PTO board, and spend extra time helping their children with homework when they don’t understand.  They are the medical students pursing ten or more years of education to save lives; the people who try to see the world with an open, unbiased mind; the teenagers who continue to make good grades and display their musical, artistic, and athletic talents, despite the stereotypical view against them.

The world needs more people who really don’t care.

People who don’t care about their looks, people who don’t care what other people think, people who don’t care about the failures of yesterday or tomorrow.

They are the people who make this world a better place.  They are models of self-love and respect,  highlighters of humor, couragaeous, unbridled fighters.  They are the teachers who foster the importance of education and character, not appearance or popularity; the I.T. employees who realize you cannot work your life away, who know when to put their foot down;  the amazing stay-at-home mothers and fathers who don’t get wrapped up in school or sports politics, or put undue pressure on their children.  They are the medical students who are undeterred by a poor exam score or a rejection; the people who see the humor in everyday situations; the teenagers who put together unique, creative outfits, no matter how out-of-style.

Maybe it’s not that we need more people who care, or more people who don’t care, but that we need more people who know what to care about and what never really mattered in the first place.

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“Too  often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening  ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the  potential to turn a life around.”*   –Leo Buscaglia

“Never  believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all  who ever have.”*   –Margaret  Mead

“Caring  about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people,  brings happiness.”*   –Harold Kushner

“As  soon as you get over caring what people think, you can have a nice  time.”*   –Lara  Flynn Boyle

“I  have friends who wear Star Wars costumes and act like the characters all day. I  may not be that deep into it, but there’s something great about loving what you love and not caring if it’s unpopular.”*   –Kristen  Bell

Sincerely, Erika

*Quotes taken from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/caring_4.html.

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