Where Are You Showing Compassion for Others?

Compassion. How many opportunities do we have in a day to show compassion for others? Compassion is ‘a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.’ (Dictionary.com)

Gratitude Tip: Compassion is a difficult emotion as we have to imagine what it must be like for another person. Putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes is challenging, as we cannot truly understand what they are going through. Compassion and gratitude are related, the more compassionate we are, the more we are grateful for our own circumstances, especially when we’re focusing on being of service to others and helping them to get through a difficult time.

There are lots of ways we can show compassion towards others. Sometimes it’s as simple as listening to another person share their experiences, without trying to ‘one up them’ or compare it to one of our own experiences. The second part of the definition of compassion is where we have an opportunity to take action – a strong desire to alleviate the suffering – and I would guess that many a charitable movement began because someone was compassionate.

We are living in a global world, where the suffering of many different people can be seen daily on the web. I find it hard sometimes to watch or read about the plight of many refugees right now. I’m not exactly sure what the right thing to do is. So, for now, I will focus on sending them love and peace as I figure out what my personal role could be in this current global situation. How do you feel when you see these things on the web? What emotions are stirred up for you?

julie boyer, daily gratitude project, angel cardLast night I had an Angel Card Reading with Shelly Boudah, A certified Angel Card Reader, and it was absolutely wonderful. When you have a reading, you can ask a question to the Angels and you receive guidance through the cards. I have had a few of these in the past, but last night’s was perfect. This is what made me think about compassion, as one of the cards I had was all about being compassionate. If you’ve never tried a reading before, I highly recommend connecting with Shelly!

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