Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings. – Helen Keller, deaf, dumb and blind.
Yesterday I wrote about a blind man I met, who actually had a lot in common with Helen Keller. He just amazed me. He really had such a fire in his soul, enthusiasm in his being, and he even had a light in his eyes. He kept talking about what a wonderful life he had, and all the plans and goals he still had, in spite of his seeming handicap. I say seeming, because to being blind is him it is not a handicap. To him it is just a part of the way life is for him, but he is not in any way going to allow it to hinder him from having the time of his life, every day.
I am not blind and I don’t have any ailments or major problems. Still, I have to admit, there have been times when I let the circumstances around really get me down. I felt there was no use, and I just really didn’t care what was happening. I didn’t feel I could make any difference anyway, so why should I bother. I didn’t want to get involved. “Who cares?” I thought. Thankfully this does not happen as often as it used to.
I think for many people it’s the same. When we get down and discouraged, we often get indifferent, a feeling of apathy takes over. It could be at work, at home, with friends, anywhere. We don’t want to think, we don’t want to give it any effort. When we give in to indifference, we want what’s easy, but what we don’t realize is that we are actually getting a lot more than we bargain for. We think it is the simplest way out, but it’s really the opposite.
Apathy is never the solution to any problem. Indifference never gives the answers to the questions you have. All they do is push the problems ahead of you, and like a snowball they get bigger and bigger the longer you keep pushing. Instead, take action, get involved, get inspired and that snowball will melt right in front of your eyes.
When you are feeling down and discouraged, being concerned may seem like it is difficult and takes a lot more effort, but over time it is by far the easiest solution and the one that will bring us over the obstacles and past the problems the fastest. And don’t stop there, and on fire. Like my blind friend from yesterday proved so well, you don’t have to have sight in order to look at the bright side of life.