Conveniently compassionate – we are all guilty of it. But why do we do it? Why do we wait for something awful to happen to show people we care?
I know, I know, we are all busy – we have work, kids, school drop offs, gym, countless appointments, social life, egos and the rest – but really? We have time for social media, our favourite TV shows and online shopping don’t we?
Truth is everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about. And even though selfishly at times we may think our battles are greater than others, it all relevant to the person experiencing it. What we may perceive as a non-issue could be something catastrophic to someone else.
So in short, be kind!
Make time to check on those around you, just because. You never know the battles someone else is facing silently. By reaching out and showing compassion, you could quite literally be someone’s saving grace. I know the power of this firsthand as I was fortunate enough to be picked out of the darkness by a handful of those close to me and the impact for me has been immeasurable – I will be eternally grateful to those people!
And, aside from myself , I too have witnessed those close to me experience tremendous hardship which has opened my eyes and heart to a greater level of compassion and empathy.
With that in mind, if someone acts out of character and treats you badly, instead of being quick to judge – which is the most common reaction, try and understand life from their shoes – what happened to this person to make them act this way? What battles have they faced to get them to this point?
Empathy and compassion are two of the most powerful emotions known to man and yet are such rare qualities in this day and age. If each of us make a conscious effort to exercise a little more of both, the impact would be considerable.
Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself – Mohsin Hamid
Someone’s story may not be the same as yours, but doesn’t mean the pain is any different. Empathy is about finding that connection with someone to truly understand how they are feeling.
We are all humans at the end of the day and thrive on giving love and being loved. Life is too short to wake up with regrets, make time to show those around you, you care. You never know just how much it could change someone’s day.
Sending so much love and light to all reading this. And, my email is always open to anyone who wants to reach out.