It has been all over the blogosphere. Everyone trying to spread the word, thoughts, feelings, comments about the lack of it in areas, or abundance of it in others.
Compassion. Such a simple word, but not always put to good use.
To be compassionate, you have to not only love others, be caring, be kind, lack judgement of others, you need to love yourself and who you are – inside and out.
Believe it or not, this is not something that always comes easy for just everyone. One must be able to place oneself into another’s shoes and see what it would feel like to walk in them. I have a child who just simply cannot do it. They lack the ability to sympathize, to empathize, to feel another’s pain unless they can physically see that the person is suffering . It is not simply something that just comes with being a human sometimes. We, as the parent, have to show by example, then explain the actions and logistics of being compassionate towards others so that the child can understand. I hope that by our examples, that both of my children grow up compassionate and caring.
We can’t just talk about compassion, we have to actually show it, live it, be it. On February 20th, #1000Speak is the compassion movement where 1000 voices speak out in favor of compassion.
To get a jump start on getting our compassionate juices flowing, February 11, 2015 prompt from over at the Carrot Ranch Communications: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that demonstrates compassion. You can explore weltschmerz(enabling us to care enough about what’s wrong) and meliorism(driving us to try to do something about it) if you want to explore those specific terms. Consider posting on February 20, too.
No one should have it coming
“He’s a troublemaker.”
“He has been in trouble before, but I wouldn’t call him a troublemaker.”
“Does it matter? It wasn’t that big of a deal.”
“It does matter, it’s a big deal, he came to you for help and you ignored him.”
“I heard what he had to say, but how was I to know that the other kid was going to actually do something? That one is a good student.”
“What do you want me to say? That I’m sorry? Fine, but the boy had it coming.”
“You’re wrong. No one should have it coming.”