Our character word this week is compassion. Compassion has two parts: to show concern for the misfortune of others and to wish you could help them.
Compassion has two parts: to show concern for the misfortune of others and to wish you could help them. You can show compassion in a variety of ways. You can notice when others are hurting and show them that you care. You can console those that are in pain. You can listen patiently to someone’s problems without interrupting. You can even volunteer your time and energy to help others.
The desire to help when others are in pain or suffering is what compassion is all about. A great way to show compassion is to be kind to others. Every time you are kind to someone else, you are being compassionate to that person. Today, consider how you might show someone else you have compassion.
Compassion is at the heart of every little thing we do. It is the dearest quality we possess, yet all too often it is cast aside with consequences too dire of which to speak. To lose our compassion, we lose what it is to be human. The Dalai Lama once said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
Compassion dissolves anger. Understanding why someone behaves the way they do allows for forgiveness when they have mistreated you. Other’s sorrows and wounds are healed more easily when they are touched with compassion.