I challenge you all to practice compassion this holiday season …
Compassion is a word we hear a lot, but how many people know the true meaning?
According to merriam-webster.com, compassion is “the sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” That last bit is important – with the desire to alleviate it. This is what separates compassion from sympathy or commiseration. That additional step beyond just trying to understand what another person is feeling. It goes further than trying to walk in someone’s shoes or be in their movie. There is a desire to take some action and actually help that other person.
I know a thing or two about compassion. In a previous life I spent countless hours researching everything and anything about compassion as it was to be the focus of my PhD dissertation. I’ve since moved on, without the PhD, but learned a lot in the process. But more than the research, I’ve learned about compassion from life experience. From doing. From being with others when they needed someone.
I’ve gone that extra step. I’ve taken action. I’ve helped people in need. But this isn’t about me.
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness
Read more about Compassion on this wonderful website of Suburban Misfit Moms…