Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you are just too busy to care. Maybe you are dealing with a different problem and it is not convenient right now. Maybe this is something that you should care about, but right now it is too hard. Screw it, toss in the towel, ruin it, who gives a damn. Right?
Do you only care when it fits your schedule, when you've had time to prepare, when it is on your terms? Is that really caring at all?
What about when people aren't part of your tribe, your group, your religion or party?
Caring means you put aside your trip and your agenda for this person in front of you. Caring means you are here, when you could easily be somewhere else. Caring means you showed up. Caring means you put in the effort, you gave something, you actually listened.
Caring is never easy, it is emotional heavy labor. You need to muster patience, fortitude, perseverance and grit. You need to know how to work with your own anger and aversion. You need to be comfortable being open and receptive.
If you are looking for signs of accomplishment in your practice, look at what happens the next time you are in a situation where it is too intense to care.