Two socially transmitted doctrines.
In one, we invite an authentic, joyful, heartening belief to overtake us: “Tomorrow will be better than today.”
In the other, we give in to a cynical, misanthropic, resigning frame of mind and heart: “I’m not concerned about tomorrow.”
There is no question that advancing our institutions is done best when we are able to encourage hope with and through others. When we are able to point to the drawings of a new facility being constructed by charitable gifts and describe how it will allow us to serve more and serve better when completed, for instance.
Indifference, though, is stubborn. It passive-aggressively questions. It counters with, “But. . .” and then offers reasons (not explanations) why the hopeful approach is misguided. It confuses the main point. It misdirects.
Important to keep in mind, however: When consistently spread, hope always wins. Like a see-saw on a playground, the more we engender hope, the less influence indifference has.
Both hope and indifference are contagious.
Which will you commit to spreading?
This article was originally posted on Jason’s Blog in April 2023. To read more, visit www.jasonmcneal.com.