Monday, January 03, 2011

I care.

I wrote this a few weeks ago and I debated waiting to post this, but just seems like the right time. The item below is "in production" at the printers :)


There are way too many people out there that don't care about anything. For a long time I thought I needed to be more like them. That would be my key to happiness. To learn to not care. To lighten up and say "I don't care" but you know what? That wasn't working for me. I couldn't live with the "it is what it is" mentality anymore because I just can't turn it off. While complaining about this very topic my friend B said something that altered my mindset and I'm making it my motto for 2011:

"I care"

Sounds simple right? It is really. I want people to know it too so I am having buttons made. Seriously I am. Comment below and I will choose 10 people at random to receive one.

I really do care how you are.
I care what you had for dinner.
I care about that weird dream last night.
I care if you have a headache.
I care if you're feeling a little blue.
I care if you have the sniffles.

Frankly I just care.

Wear my button show people you care too. Maybe it will spark a conversation with your new best friend you haven't met. Maybe it will make someone at the grocery store smile.

Now go show someone you care!

If you would like to be entered to win a button please leave your email address below (formatted AT and DOT com to avoid spam bots)


Winners have been chosen. Thank you to all who entered.

43 comments:

hillary said...

What a great idea and even better sentiment. I don't particularly care, but I would happily support those that do. What are you doing with these buttons, and would you accept a donation to help fund your making more?

hillary said...

I am so sorry for you loss. Sadly many people don't care anymore and when I lost someone extremely close to me this past year I lost a lot of friends in process. They don't want to be there in the hard times. I wish you luck in getting there to support them.

hillary said...

Chris's brother wore an "I care" heart pin for YEARS. I think he stopped when he got out of college. He was known as the guy with the "I care" pin. It was pretty awesome.

hillary said...

Does he have a photo id love to see it because i actually googled some
Before Dave made it trying to see if I was just reinventing the wheel and didn't want to look
Stupid :(

hillary said...

Brilliant! I wish more people would make a stand like this. It sucks that it is almost the "cool" thing not to give a sh*t about anyone but yourself.

andreapbh AT gamil DOT com

hillary said...

This is a wonderful post. I am also a person who cares. (Which also goes with me being a bit of a worrier lol) Caring is a good thing and more people should do it!
Hhs05Usc21(at)aol(dot)com

hillary said...

I care too which means sometimes I feel great pain, but other times I feel great joy so it's worth it..

hillary said...

Joe always tells me I care too much. But I'm the only trying to calm everyone down during our family crisis. So yes, I care. :)

hillary said...

Everyone is always saying that to me as well but I've finally decided it's an asset instead of a fault

hillary said...

That is EXACTLY where I was. Always the one hurt and not caring seemed
Like the answer!

hillary said...

I really think you are onto something with this. It is amazing how pervasive the "i don't care" mentality is everywhere you look - especially on the interwebs.

I want a button because I care too.

hillary said...

You designed it! of course you get one!

hillary said...

it is also surprising that all happened AT YOUR CHURCH! Do onto others ring a bell to any of them? good for you for finding her!

hillary said...

I love this button idea! I think the dream one and the sniffles ones are my favorites!

kelly AT dressesandcake DOT com

hillary said...

A good friend pointed this out to me years ago. I was angry because I am the one always getting hurt - because I care. And I wanted to not care so I could get on with my life like everyone else seems to be doing. And he gently and with so much love said to me, "but that is who you are." And yes, it is who I am. I am proud of it, I claim it!

hillary said...

what a great idea!
i definitely do care.

sam2979 AT gmail DOT com

hillary said...

"I care" is a great message. Caring is closely connected to compassion, which I believe is one of the most powerful things that we can share with others.
thanks for posting!

hillary said...

This means so much to me right now. One of my oldest friends lost his husband on New Year's Day. My BFF and I are trying to make plans right now to jet away to Reno for the day so we can go to the funeral. I just can't imagine not being surrounded by friends if this were happening to me. We care so much for him that we're throwing caution and emergency funds to the wind.

hillary said...

Ah see but you do care. very much. you always express lots of care towards me. I ordered 100 and I plan to give them away and possibly sell them for cost just so I can ship them.

and I've seen the great care you show for pook and bitca and jamie and your children.

hillary said...

More people should care! Very good post.

hillary said...

I perceive that you have fell victim to my carefully constructed charade of caring.

So, you are shipping? Your paypal is your usual address?

hillary said...

I will send you one on the house. ;)

charade you aren't as good an actor as you think you are. That is pure genuine care. :P

hillary said...

As if I willed it to happen. My buttons have shipped!!!

hillary said...

I did too which I always thought was a bad things. I've decided to view it as a good thing now :)

hillary said...

Aww I love this post. I feel like I care too much all the time. I can't let it go either.

Ecc3ntriccynic[at]gmail[dot]com

hillary said...

I care too! I think that by caring a little be more about silly things and massive things we can all be a little bit more connected and happy. Thanks Miss Hillary! dobyrne AT sasktel DOT net

hillary said...

Thank you for this, Hillary. I've been struggling with this issue a lot lately, feeling like I care too much and that it's a fault. You've reminded me today that caring can be a great asset, which is something I definitely needed to be reminded of. Sign me up for a care button anyday (free or otherwise)!

ssimpson83(at)gmail(dot)com

hillary said...

Brilliant -- I love it!

andreapbh AT gmail DOT com

hillary said...

Yes! Let's put an end to all of the not-caring! We have listened to the media too long about what constitutes "cool": cynicism, apathy, sarcasm, detachment. Let's make 2011 the start of a decade of sincerity, empathy, warmth- CARING!

hillary said...

Hillary, This post makes me want to be friends with you! lol. I can't remember how I found your blog, but it's fun and I enjoy your combinations of clothes. It's nice to think that people do care out there for others. I am a "care" person too. Why are we led to believe we "should" care less? Interesting post.
Angela

hillary said...

I care. I'm glad you're doing this. It's scary the indifference and lack of empathy that people show today.

hillary said...

What a great idea. I would love to win a button. musicishername at gmail dot com

hillary said...

I don't know if I have a photo of it. I tried to google it but didn't see any like the one he had. It was a big red heart (well, it had faded to pink by the time I met him) with the words "I care" in the middle of it. I have no clue where he got it and I don't think he remembered, either.

hillary said...

Love this idea. So simple but such impact. Kudos to you for recognizing this a good quality to have. When i was younger I always thought I cared too much, but I have realized I like caring and there is no such thing as caring too much.

kayestar26ATgmailDOTcom

hillary said...

I think this is such an excellent campaign! I teach at an elementary school, and very often all that the children actually need is to know that someone cares about them. Grown-ups are the same way! It takes very little effort on your part, and the rewards are great for all involved. Please, please count me in for one of your buttons!
nicmont AT live DOT com

hillary said...

It's a wonderful campaign Hillary. I would get very annoyed when people would say "Oh hi, how you doin?" and then continue on without waiting for my reply. I DO CARE how you're doin..........
I like it. and I CARE that you're doin something about it.

~gina (somanyideas)

hillary said...

I care too.

A few months ago I was at a meeting at my church and someone had cleaned out a closet and put the contents (a bunch of random serving dishes and plates) on a table and offered them to everyone to take home because they didn't know who they belonged to anymore. I found a pretty embossed plate and flipped it over to see a name clearly written on the back. No one knew who it was, and some of the women joked that it was now mine. Several people there responded that if she'd really wanted her dish, she wouldn't have left it anyhow.

This attitude surprised me because meals are often taken in to people in need by generous, caring people. I insisted that the owner wouldn't have put her name on it if she didn't care about it and said I'd find who it belonged to, and I did. The woman was grateful that I'd taken the time to return it to her, but I still kept thinking about all the other people there who thought I was being silly.

hillary said...

Thank you everyone who commented and entered. The 10 winners chosen at random are.

1. Bri
2. Felicity
3. Megan Mae
4. Tenn
5.Nikki
6. Shrinking Kenz
7.Casey
8. Kitty
9.Katie
10. Sarah

hillary said...

You know how I feel - my goal is to at least once every single day to make a difference to someone. I firmly believe little things don't mean a lot, they mean EVERYTHING. <3 jcATfree2bjcDOTcom :)

hillary said...

I love this idea so much and it does not surprise me AT ALL that you came up with it. <3

hillary said...

I care!

hillary said...

Right-on Hillary! As a person who has been long labeled "too caring" ~ it took me a while to figure out that others do not care to care because they might have to take action to back up that caring and that "I" am making them feel bad about themselves when I jump in and help. (Geez, this is sounding kinda negative.) But, it's true. Just Care. Be who you are meant to be in this world. Don't ever let the turkey's get you down, er, get us down. Power to the compassionate.
And your button design is perfecto.

hillary said...

love. this. glad I "found" you.