Our Capacity To Care

“I believe that every person must act according to the dictates of his conscience. I feel the capacity to care is the thing that gives life its deepest significance and meaning.” ~ Pau Casals … 

As pieces of the whole collective of humanity, our “capacity to care” is vital–we are all interdependent upon each other for so much in life. But as Pau points out, our ability to care for others also produces a deep and profound significance to life. By caring about others, we give ourselves the opportunity to add positively to the life of others, and in the process, add much more meaning and purpose to our own.

Some may view caring for others as a risk–if they care about someone or something, then that person or thing has the potential to hurt them. But this hurt that we typically associate as coming from others, actually comes from us, from our care, concern, and reactions to the things that they do and say. Many times it is our reactions that are the very things that hurt us and harm us the most.

Our ability to help others requires very little which we do not already have, most of it is choice and effort. For not only are we each capable of caring, we are also able to share that caring–to tell others how much we genuinely care for them, to show our love and concern, and to be there for them with an empathetic heart, a listening ear, and a supportive embrace.

Our care and concern for each other is what enriches our lives–our being kind to others not only impacts their lives in positive and fruitful ways, but also brings goodness and joy into our own. And the capacity to do so already exists in you and me. Perhaps it may require some learning, growing, developing, and understanding to put it into practice, and that is ok; for in doing so, we allow ourselves to give the wonderful gift of caring to those who may need it desperately–which just might be one of the greatest gifts that we can give to ourselves as well.

Allow yourself to feel deep care and concern for those in your life.

Questions to consider:

What are some of the reasons that we tend to hold back our caring?

What are the things and who are the people you care most about? Do you let that feeling of caring be known?

Why isn’t caring a more prominent subject of conversation and discussion in our culture?

For further thought:

“Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.” ~ Rabbi Harold Kushner, When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough


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