Compassion is not for you if…
You are lazy or weak. In order to show compassion, you must become strong. Not physically, but emotionally. Being mentally strong can help too. But without some level of emotion, you cannot be compassionate.
It’s like exercising your muscles. Don’t go and try to lift 100 pounds on your first attempt. Start small and make incremental increases every week. The same with compassion. Don’t go out and try to save the world. Start small. Do a small act of compassion. Help someone you don’t know. If you don’t feel comfortable acting in person, try supporting an organization like Compassion International.
Ideas for Compassion
Not sure where or how to start? Try following some groups or hashtags on twitter like Compassion International or 1000 Speak. Here are some more ideas that might help you exercise your compassionate muscle and become a stronger compassionate person.
- Volunteer at a food bank
- Visit the elderly or the shut in
- Simply be kind to everyone
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen
- Visit a veteran at the hospital
- Feed the homeless
- Teach something you know to a child
- Sponsor a child
- Adopt a pet from a shelter
- Call a friend that you haven’t talked to in a while
- Allow someone to be compassionate to you
I would love to hear things you do to be compassionate. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Does Compassion Build Character?
Or does having character help you be compassionate? I would say yes to both. A person of good character knows that having and showing compassion is good. Some one that exhibits compassionate behavior strengthens their character. Which comes first? I don’t think it matters. For me, it is the result that is important, not the steps of how we got there.
Why should we care?
If we don’t have compassion, we can not have peace. Check out this great article about building a compassionate army by Dr. Elisha Goldstein. We must become able to reach out to people in need and help them. It’s starts now, It starts with you. It starts with one small act.
Please share this thought with your friends on social media and leave your thoughts below in the comments.