“We care about too much s—,” said the co-host of one of my favorite running podcasts.
I had to rewind and listen again; it stopped a nice casual listen and created a more intense listen followed by some thought. In the context of the podcast they were discussing things/events the pandemic took from us; some of it we have learned remains important to us, while other things we have learned to live without.
A subsequent conversation with a friend on business planning for next summer dealing with government (Federal, State, Local) protocols and mandates.
How do you plan for things you have no control over and even understanding of what they might look like at that point in time?
Planning and contingencies are important and my friend cares greatly about her work; but at what point do you accept that so little is really understood at this time.
I woke this morning, another friend posted this on his social media: “I worry about every little damn thing that it keeps me up at night with my insomnia and kills my happiness in my heart. That stinks. I strive so hard to make a difference and fight.”
This friend is the most caring, loving, big-hearted person on that planet, which is beautiful. But his post emphasizes the downside and risk of caring like he does.
This is not an anti-caring message; it is about prioritized caring and ultimately how do we make caring Simply Better? Better for the recipient of our care, but more importantly better for us.
First off it is alright to not care about everything.
Assess where your “caring-energy” is going? Important things like family and work is a fair place to spend some care. Things out of our control or parts of life that are not directly involved in our “day-to-day” are places to look at limiting the “care-o-meter.”
Take care of the people you love but take even better care of the people who love you. Care greatly for the important things in your life.
Prioritizing where you spend you “caring-energy” is #SimplyBetter Caring.