Above All Be Compassionate

Be Compassionate…

Tonight’s topic is “Above All Be Compassionate.” This week is the yearly anniversary for 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. I wrote a post on my other blog, Susan’s Creative Writing and Poetry, yesterday dedicated to that anniversary and how I have changed since first writing about compassion. One thing I became aware of was that I was always compassionate and empathetic. Compassion is defined as Deep awareness of the suffering of another accompanied by the wish to relieve it.” Compassion is a feeling accompanied by a desire for an action to relieve suffering. People can be taught to be compassionate, but it is best taught while young as children while they are still developing their personality characteristics.

 

Example of Compassion…

Some people are born with a natural tendency to this end and demonstrate it at an early age especially toward animals and people that are hurting. An example that I can give is that I was having a bad day on Sunday with lots of pain in my back and my knees and hips. I had taken a shower hoping the hot water would help me feel better, but the standing had exacerbated my pain and I was crying when I got out of the shower. I carefully got myself to my couch/bed/lounge and called out to my granddaughter, age 6. When she came in, she could see I was crying and I asked her to bring me my towel for my hair (it is very long). She brought it to me and handed me some tissues. Her brother, age 4, came over and patted my hand and told me that he hoped I felt better soon. Indeed, after sitting for about 15 minutes, resting, I did feel better and called them both in to show them that I was better and to thank them for their help and compassion.

Benefits of Compassion…

It is not just a benefit to the one receiving compassion, but also it benefits us as well because we experience the good feelings of being able to help decrease someone’s suffering. Also, our own suffering is diminished with helping someone else’s suffering. Just imagine a world where we looked beyond ourselves and gave compassionately to others freely with care and integrity. How different our world would be! Compassionate love and care expressed toward others who suffer. That is what we are each called to do in our world.

The final point I want to make about being compassionate is that it begins with first being compassionate toward yourself. You must show yourself the same love, kindness, forgiveness, care, and compassion that you will show to others. Without learning to receive your own compassion, how will you be able to give compassion to others? You must first love your God, then love yourself, and finally love and show compassion to others. The steps will come easily as long as you love your God first.

Take care and above all else be compassionate.

Susan…