“Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul.” – Andre Maurois, French biographer, novelist and essayist
Indifference will do more harm to our recovery than we can imagine. If we look at recovery as an ongoing process, and we allow or encourage thoughts of indifference to creep into our consciousness, then we are sabotaging our own future. When we feel indifferent, we lack the motivation to change, to follow the plan of recovery we’ve set for ourselves. Indifference is apathy, absence of motivation or caring about life and those around us.
While we certainly cannot stop thoughts from occurring, we can change our attitude so that those that seed indifference don’t take root. How do we overcome indifference? We do so by our actions. Instead of thinking that nothing we do can change our situation, start by making a small positive step. Look outside ourselves to help another in need – without expectation of anything in return. Do something good for someone else – even if it’s simply offering a pleasant greeting and wish for a good day – every day.
Other ways to overcome indifference is to recognize and accept pain that we feel. Ignoring it won’t make it go away, but acknowledging it and working through it will help it dissipate. When we stuff down feelings, they are more likely to fester and build up a wall of indifference. Impervious to pain or joy or any feeling, we then lose our ability to experience all that life has to offer. Let emotions bubble up, and acknowledge the pain or disappointment or despair – and then let them go. Follow up with action, working toward accomplishing some goal on our recovery plan.