Thursday, April 19, 2012

Who Cares!?!

Who cares? I do! And, I hope you do too. The world could use a little more caring. One of my favorite shows is ABC's What Would You Do? They stage a bunch of dramatic situations to see who will stop and help. There have been scenarios where a boyfriend is verbally abusing his girlfriend, or where kids are bullying one another. There have also been scenarios where people at another table are overhearing a serious conversation and the goal is to see who will have the courage to intervene.

The show focuses on those who stop to help but they always mention an almost always greater number of people who don't get involved. Some of these people claim they are too busy. Others say it is not their business. Some didn't even notice what was going on around them. However, all of the people who stop share one common trait: they care and they are concerned.

Of course, in some instances it might be dangerous to stop for a stranger, but I maintain that even if we don't stop for that stranger, we should stop for those in our circle. We have family, friends, and co-workers who could use some of our care and concern. If someone in your circle is suffering, you should at least make an attempt to reach out.

You may be rebuffed. Your offer to help may be ignored; but, make the effort anyway. There are some manipulative people out there who don't deserve your concern. However, as the saying goes, "You don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater" I truly believe there are more good people than bad. Don't let the exploitative personalities shut you off from doing some good for others.

Doing good doesn't have to cost anything more than a little time. An encouraging word, a shoulder to cry on, a person to vent to or just someone who'll listen all count as caring activities. A lot of times, I think we tend to think in terms of grand gestures. If it can't be a big deal, it isn't worth doing. Nothing could be further from the truth. It's often the littlest things that make the biggest difference.

So I'll ask again. Who cares? I do and you should to!

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