Happy Fall, Friend,
Today I'm thinking about how I can care more about the things I want to care more about. You know how you want to care about protecting nature or helping those people that might need help but you just don't all the time? I have these moments of indifference and not really feeling the need to do anything to make this world a better place.
It's really sad to admit but it's true. So far, I've only really found one cure for indifference and it's not exactly effortless but it works. The only way to become emotionally invested in something is to spend quality time with it. What I mean by "quality time" is time spent uninterrupted and focused— not distracted or rushed.
We can spend such time with nature in a variety of different ways, whether it's sitting on a city bus observing the fall leaves flowing in the street outside or climbing the side of a mountain with black bears. After doing this regularly (daily, even) we begin to appreciate it more. The appreciation breeds respect, which, over more quality time turns into love and the love causes us to care.
When we're seeking to care more about a people group or an individual... a cause... I believe the same applies. The more we spend time truly listening and being with other people who are different than us or think differently than us, we begin to understand them; their pain, their fears. The things that they most desire and the things that make them happy— and we begin to see that we really are the same in a sense. We all want to be able to show our true selves and to be loved and accepted as that. Once we realize this and carry it with us, the compassion comes naturally.
For people & the planet,