Random Moment: An incident came to mind from my days of a Youth Worker. A group of young people were getting highly emotional to put it mildly, and the focal point were two young males around 14yrs old. Both had notoriety and passions and friction were multiplying at the rate of knots, by every word spoken and spectator added. I now had a rolling wave of commotion which needed intervention before it truly kicked-off. As I got involved I was asked angrily ‘Why do you care? This is what I found myself reflecting on today, Why do I care? The answer is, because I choose too. I choose to care about people.
Where would we be, if it wasn’t for people who cared?
Parents are great, if you have good parents, but many are who and where they are in life because of others – caring grandparents, teachers, foster carers, friends, colleagues, doctors, nurses, the list goes on. Caring matters irrespective of financial rewards, its an integral value to society and to life.
Programmes like ‘Undercover Boss’ or ‘The Secret Millionaire’ intrigue me because of the amount of goodwill that is revealed. People who do a fantastic job, in spite of difficulties, simply because its important to them to do their best, both for themselves and the people they are helping. So why do you care? Why do you do what you do?
I know there are a lot of horrible things in this world, the news for me is predominately negative. But it is important to recognise the good that is done and achieved every day. There is a vast amount of good that people contribute, that is often overlooked or unrecognised. Being grateful is really important and its great if you can build having a gratitude diary in your life. But even better is to say thank you to people, to show that you care and that you recognise good when you see it. Supporting others, helping and being a positive influence where you can is vital. I would hate to live in a world where no one cared in the truest sense of the word. Where no one gave a second thought to anyone or anything.
Continuing to change what you can for the better in yourself as well as for others feeds into building and shaping tomorrow, so Why do you care? Why do you do what you do?