Blog Post 12/22/15
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the opposite of caring is heedless.
This past month over 80 children in 13 families were cared for by Jessica Robinson and her Adopt a Family program and the LNHS Key Club and Mayor’s Christmas Tree Adopt a Family program. Each of these families were cared for in a way that was not expected. True caring is a selfless and unconditional act of giving that is based on a desire to good for others. While this is the case with numerous LNHS students and faculty, it is also true that the ‘givers’ were cared for as well.
As Webster’s dictionary notes that the opposite of caring is heedlessness. These acts of mindful and heedful giving to others was truly an act that made those who gave to this project and these families a true understanding of compassion for others. They took the step of being heedful rather than heedless which is so easy to do in our society. It is easy to not give heed to the needs of others as we walk by, drive by or ignore in other ways. These young people and their adult leaders modeled and showed the caring trait in actions far more than words.
This time of year is a mindful time of year for such acts, however, it is a lesson for us to be mindful of such caring year around. That is why the backpack program run by our freshman leaders (Lisa Fletcher and Janai Howard) and Social Worker (Gina Harrison) is so vital to the lives of many. Sharing and giving food to families each weekend provides a continual sustenance that underscores caring in a most profound way.
It can be said (and well it should) that these acts of caring convey the meaning of this months Character Trait to the lives of people who benefit from these programs. It is just as true that our students and staff who carry out these wonderful projects benefit from these efforts as much as any. This caring engages the souls of all involved in a way that all gain a deep and true attitude of Caring. May we all remember that this is not just a seasonal trait.