The Boys & Girls Club has been really busy this month! In between getting ready for various events and establish partnerships in the community, it can be really easy to feel overwhelmed. In these times, I like to remember the words of Elie Wiesel who said,
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
Indifference, the “I don’t care” or the “It’s not happening to me or someone close, so who cares”. Indifference, the simple lack of acknowledgement for the injustices happening around you. This is why being a VISTA is important. This is why being a person count, no matter what you do, because of the indifferences in life and the idea that we can make a difference with love.
The month of February is notorious for being centered on love…but let’s goes further than a significant other or even family members. What about the community or the people you come in contact with every single day? Are you showing them love?
Loving someone is the idea of going beyond indifference, but showing that you care about them, it’s the willingness to become transparent with someone else. Working at the Boys & Girls Clubs has taught me that you can’t be indifference to the stories around you. That each kid is unique and their story is important, that they are important. That’s why the Club is here. Working at the Club has taught me the importance of love.