“Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.”–Dan Millman
One of the greatest illness that affects our lives is apathy. The dictionary defines apathy as: a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and passion. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest in or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical or physical life.
The mind is like a muscle, the more we use it, the more it becomes strengthened and the more we are able to accomplish and fine tune it in order to accomplish all that we set out to do. Granted, there are days that you might wake up and feel a lack of initiative or “get up and go”, but should you begin to entertain this as being your “normal” state of mind, beware!
With all the great new technology at our finger tips, the numerous venues of entertainment, it is all too easy to come to the false conclusion that, if I am not being entertained, or if it is not “fun” then why bother. The great danger today as parents and raising our children in this new technological advanced, gizmo-abundant world, is that they grow up getting addicted to constant entertainment. When however, once they get to be adults, they find that life is not all fun and games, there is a lot of responsibility that needs attending to that can be way too “down to earth” and downright “boring”.
I believe life with all its challenges, both positive and negative, must be confronted with a sense of excitement and challenge. If you entertain the spirit of apathy, you are setting yourself up to a more serious problem of depression, and depression can lead to a list of other complications. The answer to this is NOT anti-depressant drugs as they only lead to addiction and eventually drain your bank account and add to your woes.
You have to guard your mind, and by saying guard your mind I mean use it by seeking out new interests. You have to actively and aggressively fight this state of mind and attitude of “whatever”. You have to realize that you are important and that you are needed no matter how insignificant you may feel! No man is an island, you affect people one way or the other.
Personally if I can have even just one person comment that what I have to share helped them, then my whole existence has new meaning! It was worth my time to write my article, it was worth the effort that I made to get out of bed this morning, it was worth having gone through all that I have in my life. Because if you can be there for just one person, you have begun to change the world! The world around you!
If you have a child, a friend, a colleague anyone you might know that seems to be lacking in motivation, interests, and are into themselves, or don’t seem to care about anything, take the time to talk with them, share with them your interest, take them out to do something get them involved in something!
Get involved yourself with community projects, find some new trade you might think interesting and read about it. It takes just that initial act of getting started on something new (which is always the hardest part) and you will have a whole new lease on life! Do not get sucked into just being entertained, start caring about what is going on around you! Get involved, shake yourself up as if you yield to apathy, it is the beginning of death! Don’t be like the person of whom it was said “died at 20 buried at 80″ start living now!
I would be interested if you have been a victim of apathy in your life, tell us a story on how you overcame it! Please do leave your story here! Thank you!