Not too long ago Pope Francis said indifference is one of the greatest threats to our global world.
I wrote about that a few months back and this week I have found myself coming face-to-face with it again as I’ve read and watched on TV as the violence erupts again and again in the Middle East.
Children dead. Lives cut short. The Malaysian plane crash. Hundreds of lives brutally upended. Lots of pointed fingers, lots of talk, little resolution.
I don’t want to be indifferent to what is going on the world but, like many I suspect, one feels quite helpless.
What can I do for the families of the people who lost a loved one on that plane? What can I do about the violence in the Middle East? What can I do to show that I’m not indifferent? That I see, that I feel, that I care?
What do we do?
I believe we start close to home. Showing those in our families and our lives that they matter, that they are valued, seen and respected. We start in our communities reaching out to those who might be lonely or in pain.
I have a ninety-one-year-old neighbor. I’ve never invited her for dinner. I’ve said hello in passing but the other day I went over to her house to talk to her. She told me about her life, the loss of her husband and her only daughter. She talked about her determination to continue living in her own home as long as possible. She told me most of her friends had died and that she was always open for companionship.
She’s coming to dinner on Monday.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like feeling like I’m helpless. I know there is always something we all can do. I used to think that something always had to be big and grand or it didn’t matter.
I was wrong.
The opposite of indifference is caring. Is love. Start with caring and go from there.
My heart goes out to those who were touched by violence this week. The violence I saw on the news and all of the violence that happens every day that goes unreported. Reach out today to someone you care about. That’s the only way to best this indifference plague.
“Love will always find a way. Indifference will find an excuse.” #PassItForward
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