Starting today and continuing over the coming weeks, I’d like to look at some feelings most likely present to varying degrees in all our daily lives.
Let’s begin with Apathy, described by the Oxford Dictionary of English as the: “lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.”
Maybe there are times when we don’t offer a few coins to stretched out hands, nor permit our eyes to linger too long on those huddled in shop doorways and possibly even refuse to reflect on those ‘hopefully merely sleeping’ on our streets.
We might mentally justify such moments of apathy as being due to our busy schedules or sense of being overwhelmed by the scale of need around us. Most probably it is true, we can’t help everyone but, and this is purely a question to myself, wouldn’t helping one person be in any case a good start?
Striving to be our best, engaging in personal and professional development activities is a part of who we are, not just what we do. Turning on and off the awareness – again I’m addressing myself here – according to the perceived comfort of the moment doesn’t feel right somehow.
In the striking words of the teacher, author and speaker Leo Buscaglia: “I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate – it is apathy. It is not giving a damn.”
Until the next time when I’ll be looking at Sympathy, thanks for letting me share these reflections with you today. As ever, if you wish to join the conversation, please leave a comment below and/or subscribe on the right to receive these postings as e-mails.