March 19    

Today's quotation:

Caring is our curse.  If we donít care, we canít get hurt.  But if we didnít care, the world would be a dark place to live.  We have to deal with it and realize life isnít fair.

Mandi Lynn

Today's Meditation:

I don't know if I agree that caring is actually a curse--I would prefer to think of it as a blessing, personally.  But I do know that caring can cause us more pain, and that caring can make our lives a bit more difficult than they would be if we didn't care.  But that's what life is all about, isn't it?  Life isn't about making things as easy as possible; rather, it's about getting the most out of the experiences that we're going through.

The important part about caring is that it causes us to take actions that will help others.  It causes us to be there for friends and loved ones, to pick up the litter that we see on the street, to stop using products that damage the planet we live on, to feel compassion for people we've never met who are going through difficult trials, to contribute money or time to causes that are designed to make the world a better place.

When we care, a loved one's death can be difficult for us to bear.  When we care, we feel pain when we see the environment destroyed or damaged, other people hurt and mistreated, animals killed for no reason, countries caught up in war, victims of crime and violence.  But pain is a part of life, and I would much rather feel that pain than to feel the emptiness of the hollow existence that not caring would cause me.

Things happen in life that cause pain.  We can't avoid them, even if we try not to care.  The richness that caring brings to our lives in the form of connections and compassion is well worth the pain that we occasionally will feel, and it's important that we not lose the caring that is such a huge part of what makes us human in the first place.

Questions to consider:

Where do people get the idea that if they don't care, they won't feel pain?  Is it true?

What things do you care for or about the most?  Do your actions reflect the reality of your caring?

What would life be like if we didn't care about anything?

For further thought:

Caring passionately about something isn't against nature, and it isn't against human nature.  It's what we're here to do.

Annie Dillard

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