This article was originally posted on Sharin’ Mama Burns.
We here at the United Moms Network blog recently watched the movie, “The Abolitionists.” It is a story about how many people have love and compassion for children they have never met that have been sold or stolen into sex trafficking and what Operation Underground Railroad is doing about it. I recommend going to their site, learning more, and finding a way to help. If we’re going to talk about compassion, this is high on my mind because of those who are working to better the world as well as all of those sweet children who are made to do awful things and the love I have for them without even knowing who they are.
The following post is about one mama’s A to Z challenge and how important it is to have compassion.
TODAYS’ LETTER, C, IS FOR COMPASSION!
Hello readers! Thank you for tuning in to read my blog post on the letter C for the #AtoZChallenge. Todays post is going to be a good one, and one that you should take the time to sit, read, and think about. I sat and thought for a while what I was going to choose for the letter C. To be honest with you all, this challenge is definitely, well, challenging! I decided not to choose a theme for my challenge, so this has created quite a challenge when it comes to thinking about what I will write about. When I sat down to write my post on the letter C, I thought to myself what could I possibly write about that I truly and wholeheartedly would like to share with my readers…and then it hit me. Compassion. As you see above, compassion means sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. In non-dictionary terms, compassion means showing fellow human beings their worth and helping fellow human beings in any way….big or small.
LOVE. GIVE. DO GOOD. If you are wondering why I think these words/phrases relate to compassion, I would be glad to explain it to you. You see, these three words play a huge part in what I think the meaning of compassion is, and all around embody compassion. Below I will tell you why these three words are important, read carefully with an open ♥ .
Compassion and love go hand in hand, of course. To show compassion toward another you need to have love in your heart. For me, this just comes naturally…as I am sure it does for the majority of you as well. I love all human beings, and therefore I show compassion to them all. If only we all took the time to tell one another we appreciate one another, love one another, and care about one another, the world would be a better place. Compassionate people tend to have big hearts, which means a whole lot of love. I challenge you to fill your heart with love, and to try and love every human being you come across. Did your boss make you mad? Did your husband/wife irritate you? Did someone do bad to you? If so, here is my advice. Show them love. That is true compassion, because most of the time people act out in ways unknown to them just because they need love.
When I feel compassion in my heart, I am often times compelled to give. As you know, compassion is being sympathetic for others’ sufferings or misfortunes. I live in a big city, so every single day I come across a person that is less fortunate than me (and I am not rich or well off by any means). When I see these people, I immediately think of what I can do to make their day. I would love to share with you an example of a recent time where I felt true compassion for someone in my neighborhood, and what I did to help this man.
My husband and I were coming off of the off-ramp on the highway when we saw a man standing there with a sign. He looked to be homeless, hungry, and cold. This particular night the weather outside wasabsolutely freezing and all he had on was a pair of pants, t-shirt, and coat. After driving past him, I began to tear up. My husband wanted to know what was wrong, and so I told him how awful I felt for that man. I knew I wanted to do something to help him, but I didn’t know what. My husband and I took the ride home to think about what we could do for him, and we finally came up with a plan. When we arrived home, I ran inside to grab a heavy warm robe that was my husbands, and I grabbed a hat that my husband never wore as well. I got back in the car and told my husband my plan. I wanted to go givethe items to this man to make sure he made it through the night. My husband, being a great person as well, then decided to drive to our local Wawa and buy the man a warm sandwich and coffee. We then set on the journey to find the man, hoping he would be at the spot we last saw him. We took the highway and got back off, and sure enough he was there. We pulled over to the side of the road and told him we had a couple things for him. We then began to give him everything. This little act of compassion had a HUGE impact on the man. He looked extremely shocked, and started to tear up. We chatted with him for a little bit, and then said God Bless and went on our way. We showed compassion and gave to the man, knowing he had nothing to give back. That is how to show compassion, that is how to make the world a better place. Which leads me to my last point.
In the last paragraph I told you what I did to give to those who are less fortunate, but I know not everyone is able to do those things for people simply because they don’t have the extra funds. Giving is not the only way to show compassion, you could just do good to others. If you see someone who looks to be having a bad day, smile at them and let it be known that they are a good person. Tell them they are worth it. Tell them they shouldn’t be sad. DO GOOD. Use words and actions to validate people who are suffering, for they deserve it more than anyone else.
Everyday is a chance to love, give, and do good. Everyday you are given the choice and opportunity to show sympathy to others. We are all human beings, we all need compassion. I challenge you to love. I challenge you to give. I challenge you to do good. Choose from one of these things today, tomorrow, this week, or this month and let me know what you did. Not only will you be practicing compassion, but you could possibly start the spark to change the world.