Pass the Compassion...Please!

Pass the Compassion…Please!

I don’t know about you but of late I’ve been struck by just how little compassion there seems to be out of there. This lack of compassion comes in all shapes and sizes, knows no economic boundaries and sounds quite a bit like the following:

  1. Just move on, would you!;
  2. Whew, I’m of the hook!;
  3. That’s Not My Problem!;
  4. Heh, That’s the Past, Get Over it!;
  5. I’m just at a different place in my life. (I think the last one is perhaps the worst of all as it feigns sincerity and kindness.)

The etymology of the word compassion comes from the Latin stem meaning to “suffer with, feel pity”.  Webster’s dictionary  defines compassion as:”a feeling of being sorry for others”.

I find these definitions so inadequate.   To me, compassion is so much more powerful than that. It is life affirming. It has the power to change another’s life completely. Rather than born of pity or sorrow, I believe it is built out of divine respect and love. It connects us all. And amazingly,  it’s absolutely free. It costs nothing to give it.
 Don’t get me wrong, I understand the importance of the need for tough love from time to time. But too often it seems that folks these days choose tough love as their initial reaction rather than compassion. And too often it seems that tough love is really just judgment … in disguise. Can’t we as human beings do better than that? I think so.
The Dalai Lama recognized the life affirming power of compassion  when he said: ” If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion”.
So perhaps the next time you are tempted to respond with tough love/judgment, you can lead the way toward making the world just a little better place and make yourself happier at the same time by  passing the  compassion. Please.
And always remember, You’re Never Stuck.
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  • Good to see you back on the blog Patty. My thoughts on this are that compassion is better served in “being” not “doing”. The doing can lead to giving which involves ego and loving someone should not be about the giving. We often confuse compassion with giving. Compassion is taking your heart with you where you go and being of better service to others by leaving your money at home.

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  • Hello! Stopping by from FB this morning. I completely agree that the definition does not seem to be nearly enough. Compassion is about really making a connection with someone and empathizing with them, helping them through a tough situation. There really doesn’t seem to be enough of that today. Thank you for the lovely post, Patty. It’s a great thought to start the day with.

  • I love this quote from the Dalai Lama: “Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.” This helped me to understand that the highest form of love is to wish for the happiness of another.

    Thank you for bringing awareness to the importance of compassion, Patty!

    • Patty Adams

      Thank you for such a lovely quote and reminder Linda. What an inspiration!

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