I know people who care about money, but they don’t worry about money.
I know people who care about their health, but they don’t worry about their health.
I know people who care about the problems they have, but they don’t worry about those problems.
What’s the difference?
To care means your heart’s energy is invested in a particular outcome; you have a preference or passion for something.
To worry means you fret and feel anxiety over the things you care about.
A person who worries always cares. A person who cares, however, doesn’t always worry.
It’s easy to assume that if someone doesn’t panic, freak out, or display visible signs of stress, that they don’t care as much as those who do.
Sometimes, it can be the reverse. Some people are so passionate about solving problems and creating results that they work very hard to maintain a calm state of mind in order to more readily access their creative thinking.
The next time you feel stressed and you’re tempted to judge someone who doesn’t seem to care as much as you do, keep this distinction in mind.
It may save you some additional stress.
That’s my two cents.