“The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it is indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it is indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it is indifference.” -Eli Wiesel (Holocaust survivor and author of the book Night.)
Anger is OK. Don’t be afraid of your anger or the anger of others. Anger means that we sense injustice and we care enough about it to want to take action. Angry people have done some great things. As long as we find respectful and appropriate outlets for our anger, it can be a very powerful emotion.
The same goes for frustration. Frustration is the birthplace of innovation. Frustration is often what we experience right before our breakthroughs. Frustration tells us that we are still ingarged and we haven’t given up.
Neither of these are burnout.
Burnout is the point when we no longer care. Burned out individuals may still see the injustice. They may still sense the need for a breakthrough. They may even be able to define it. The difference is that they no longer care.
Indifferent caregivers are dangerous. Avoid them like the plague. You have permission to feel angry. You have permission to feel frustrated. You never have permission to be indifferent.
If you find yourself at a point of indifference, it’s time to move on.
What do you think?