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How To Care When You Just Don't

- Dr. Andrew St. Bernard 

If you are taking the time to read this, there are a couple things that are probably true about you. The first is that you resonate with the title, and you've found yourself (either right now or previously) expressing apathy to some degree. The second is that you recognize that this pattern of thoughts and feelings (or lack thereof) is not the way you’d like your life story to go, and are curious as to how it can be fixed. I want to share with you that I know how you feel. I've been where you are, and although it may be comfortable to stay there, let me assure you that you don't want to. More importantly, it should be a relief to know that you can get re-sensitized to the world around you! You just need to be open to it, and the fact that you’re reading this says you are. I can't speak for everyone, but for me it was about finding a purpose. Know your calling. Why are you here? Focus in on that. Now, what challenges do you need to face in order to achieve that purpose? If this is a daunting task to you (and even if not), the first place to start is gratitude. Realize that you were created for a purpose greater than yourself, and be grateful for the air you breathe and the time you have here. I promise if you can find enough things to be grateful for, and believe me there is plenty, you’ll find a sense of peace. That peace is what brings harmony, and harmony brings joy, which destroys apathy. Train yourself to be more positive. See things from the bright side more often, and you’ll feel more. Don't allow apathy to rob you of the joy of living. I used to excuse my apathy by using it as a defense mechanism. This is a terrible mistake! Why sacrifice all the great emotions you can experience for the sake of avoiding a few negative feelings? That's like burning the taste buds off your tongue so you don't have to taste anything bad!

Start with gratitude, and take time to be alone. Appreciate this. Appreciate your surroundings and your life a little more, and then you’ll be able to feel things again the way God intended for you!

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