"Caring about people and creatures in this world is more a reflection of maturity than an act of kindness. Every creature should have a caring child as a friend, every child should have a caring adult in their life and every adult should allow the caring child in them to live on forever. We should never be too proud to let people care for us when we are no longer able to care for ourselves because people both need to care and feel cared for.The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.
Being cared for is often a strange thing to readjust to. Sometimes we expect to be cared for and on other occasions the sincere and kindly act of another takes us by complete surprise. Imagine attending the health Centre or local hospital and presenting them with some ailment or illness that caused you great pain and the doctor upon hearing you says, '! don't care!' Or suppose that you fell down in the street and a complete stranger comforted you, called an ambulance, went to the hospital with you and stayed with you over four hours until they were reassured that you could now manage without them.
Because we expect doctors and the 'caring professions' to care, when they don't we feel aggrieved. However, because we have come to expect most people in their pressurised day not to have time to give a damn about others, when any manner of kindness is shown to us by a stranger who chooses 'not to walk on by our predicament,' we are overwhelmed by their willingness to care.
I have gradually found that if you want love to enter your heart and if you truly care, then you have to give a damn about what's going on around you. Taking an interest in others increases willingness to care. Besides, the best way to start caring for self is to start caring for others.
We have all heard the saying that we can stand being loved, we can stand being hated, but never ignored. The reason for this is that when we are ignored as a person we become acutely aware that people don't care about us and it is this feeling of 'not feeling cared for' which sadly leads many people, both young and old, to commit suicide or to self harm.
Never believe that a few caring people cannot change the world; for indeed, that's all who ever have. Never deny the influence of the goodness that surrounds you or the degree that one person will go out of their way to help another because they care.
Too often in a mistaken world of materialism and the search for personal profit, the significance of the simple is sadly undervalued. Too often we underestimate the power of a single touch, a soft smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring; all of which possess the potential to turn a life around and to move one on to new places." William Forde: February 9th, 2015.