Compassion is defined as Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.
Interesting, Compassion has two components:
- Recognize the distress (or struggles) of others
- Then desire to alleviate (change) it.
How can we (you) recognize the distress, struggles of others? I would start simply, look outside of yourself. I know it seems simple to some, challenging to others, and yet not accomplishable for others. I think it is simpler than we make it…
- Look, open your eyes and look… practice it… just look at others, what do you see? what don’t you see?
- Look with your heart and look… practice it… what do you see? What don’t you see?
- Act, you may need to act… say a kind word, take a simple step to offer a listening ear, simply smile.
It is something our world needs. It is something our hurting world needs so desperately. Time to go back to the definition… What is compassion? Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.
Why do we want to recognize and alleviate peoples’ distress? Distress is not fun. We don’t like to be under or experiencing distress and we can do something about it.
Take action, look, Listen, Respond.
Take a couple days to simply watch, observe those around you.
Take time to recognize what you have noticed? Are people happy or sad? What could be causing their emotions?
Take time to consider, if you are a person of faith pray for God’s to provide discernment, what you are to do about it. You may do nothing. You make act in silence. You may engage in person with them. You make simply be present and walk alongside them in their distress.
Reevaluate, what did you learn? What will or should you change? Move Forward.