How to Avoid the Dream-Killing, Life-Ruining Poison of Indifference

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“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” ~Elie Wiesel

A survey was once conducted on a college campus. A pollster approached a student and asked, “What do you know about the two great problems infecting college students today: ignorance and apathy? The student shrugged dismissively and said, “Don’t know and don’t care.”

Indifference is the Silent Killer of Possibility

Indifference puts a slow stranglehold on the throat of potential. It is what separates those who accomplish great things in life from those who wait for governments or luck to give them what they lack. It is the difference between those who are self-directed and those who see themselves as victims to a hostile world or painful personal history or the vagaries of fortune.

The Antidote

The antidote, of course, is to simply care. Care enough to move and plan and prepare and do. Care enough to see and to see clearly. Care enough to become something more than yesterday.

Care enough to change some small part of the world, something in your corner of it, something within your circle of influence. Care enough to rise to the occasion and step up to the plate and get in the game of life and play with everything you’ve got.

Care enough to do something about your dreams, hopes and aspirations. Care enough to discover your passion. Care enough to prepare for your future.

Even if there is no one else to care or encourage you; even if everyone gathers to belittle, degrade and doubt your ability to reach your goals, be that one person who cares so much that you are propelled above and beyond all the doubters and naysayers.

The cool thing is that when you get all the way in the game, both legs off the fence, running the bases, life becomes quite exciting and deeply rewarding. Things happen. Life happens. And you’re right there in it, an active participant, a player in your own game, the captain of your own team.

Now that’s the best seat in the house at any game with the stakes as high as they are in life.

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