sense of caring,
there can be no
sense of community.
passionately about something isn't against nature, and it
isn't against human nature. It's what we're here to
do. -Annie Dillard
who take the risk make a tremendous discovery: The more
you care about, and the more intensely you care, the more alive
you are. This capacity for caring can illuminate any relationship:
marriage, family, friendships--even the ties of affection that often join humans and
animals. Each of us is born with some of it, but whether we let it expand
is largely up to us. To care, you have to surrender the
armor of indifference. You have to be willing to act, to make the first move.
heart--like every heart, if only its fallen sides were cleared away--was
an inexhaustible fountain of love: she loved everything she saw.
-George MacDonald, The Day Boy and the Night Girl
really important kind of freedom involves attention, and
awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able
truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for
them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways,
every day. -David Foster
Wallace, This is Water
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
thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.
-Carson McCullers, The Square Root of Wonderful
find that being a friend is to like a person for who they are,
even the parts you don't understand. You don't have to understand,
or do the same, or live their lives for them. If you truly care
for them, then you want them to be who they are; that was why you
liked them in the first place.
the world kept a journal, many of the entries would be
conversations concerning the advancement of scientific knowledge
and its importance to humanity.
I offer the following conversation as an added entry:
"And what is as important as knowledge?"
asked the mind.
"Caring," answered the heart.
right mixture of caring and not caring--I suppose that's what love
is. -James Hilton, Nothing So
you love life, you will care for life
If you love yourself, you will care for yourself
If you love your family, you will care for your family
If you love humanity, you will care for humanity
If you love the world, you will care for the world
If you love God, you will care for God.
everywhere you look, you will find love as the key to caring.
And life without caring is tantamount to death.
reverse is equally true:
you do not love life, you will not care for life.
If you do not love yourself, you will not care of yourself.
you don't care, why should they? -Jacquelynne Reaves
Grocery Checkout Proviso: The more things you care about,
the more vulnerable you are. If you are part of that epicurean
minority in this country that is still offended by violations of
the English language, you will be slapped in the face every time
you stand in line at the market. FIFTEEN ITEMS OR LESS.
passionately about grammaró caring passionately about anything
most of humanity doesnít care aboutóis like poking a giant
hole in your life and letting the wind blow everything
around. -Rachel Kadish, Tolstoy
Lied: A Love Story (A quick note of explanation: to be grammatically
correct, the supermarket sign should read "15 items or fewer.")
not only a matter of not caring who knows--it is also a matter of
knowing who cares. -Idries Shah, Reflections
can be learned by all human beings, can be worked into the design
of every life, meeting an individual need as well as a pervasive
need in society. -Mary
someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's
not. -Dr. Seuss
feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its
deepest significance. -Pau
about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact
on people, brings happiness. -Harold
In caring I experience the
other as having potentialities and the need to grow. In helping the other
grow I do not impose my own direction; rather, I allow the direction of
the other's growth to guide what I do, to help determine how I am to
respond. -Milton Mayerhoff
Do what you
can to show you care about other people, and you will make our
world a better place. -Rosalynn Carter
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.
People are taken out of our lives, and others live who donít
deserve to continue. -Mandi Lynn, Essence
To possess a
rich life of wholeness that brings happiness into the soul, is to
show loving and caring characteristic traits toward
others. -Ellen J. Barrier
Gift of Caring
Most of us spend our lives trying to escape from
self-centeredness. Maybe that's the whole point, the
whole challenge, what the whole thing is all about.
Some of us succeed better than others. It seems to
me that the ones who have the most success are those who
somehow turn self-caring into what might be called
It takes courage to be an other-carer, because people who
care run the risk of being hurt. It's not easy to
let your guard down, open your heart, react with sympathy
or compassion or indignation or enthusiasm when usually
it's much easier--and sometimes much safer--not to get
But people who take the risk make a tremendous discovery:
the more things you care about, and the more intensely you
care, the more alive you are.
This capacity for caring can illuminate any relationship:
marriage, family, friendships--even the ties of affection
that often join humans and animals. Each of us is
born with some of it, but whether we let it expand or
diminish is largely up to us.
To care, you have to surrender the armor of indifference.
You have to be willing to act, to make the first move.
Once at sunset my small daughter and I were watching the
tide come in. It was a quiet evening, calm and
opalescent. The waves sent thin sheets of molten
gold across the dry sand--closer and closer.
Finally, almost like a caress, an arm of the ocean curled
around the base of the dune. And my daughter said,
pensively, "Isn't it wonderful--how much the sea
cares about the land?"
She was right, with the infallible instinct of childhood:
It was a kind of caring. The land was merely
passive--and so it waited. But the sea cared--and so
it came. The lesson was all there in that lovely
symbol: the willingness to act, to approach, to be
absorbed, and in the absorption--to be fulfilled.
people with low self-esteem will try to punish you for caring
about them. -Wayne Gerard Trotman
Nobody is so
busy that they can't make time for the people they really care
about. -Leila Sales, Past Perfect
When I was a
boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say
to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find
people who are helping." To this day, especially in
times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I
am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many
helpers--so many caring people in this
world. -Fred Rogers
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