Compassion. Courage. I have never considered these two words belonging together…but I have to wonder, can there be compassion without courage? I mean, what takes more bravery than stepping outside of your bubble? It feels so vulnerable to care for someone else.
What is compassion? I needed a definitive context.
Honestly, compassion sounds like a touchy-feely kinda thing to me.
I think it sounds great when I consider it in relation to people I know and LIKE – but to everyone? everywhere? strangers? enemies? hmmm.
Frankly – in a harsh world, the art of watching your own ass is as daily a practice as brushing your own teeth. It has taken me so long to get this point of street smarts…why do I need to learn to be more compassionate? Won’t it make me weaker?
I think again – if the world was a more compassionate place, then maybe I could afford be nicer…
It is scary to have to grow up and realize that the world is not a perfect place. It is frightening to understand that you can’t trust everyone and once you master being an adult in a biting world…it is again scary to think of lowering one’s gaurd, to feel for a stranger.
I found my answer – there cannot be compassion without courage.
It is illogical for me to sit here and think, I can become more compassionate to human-kind, once human-kind becomes more compassionate to me. Who do I think I am? I mean come on – I have taken my kicks and I have had my hand-ups in life. I have received unfair treatment and I have received mercy.
If there was a way to convert my skitish fear into courage…if we all could do that in small ways …I wonder… what would happen?
If I breathe in the fear of vulnerability and exhale the desire to treat others as I wish to be treated, what kind of life would I have?
Would we awake to a more courageous and compassionate world?
Maybe it’s not that I’m not a compassionate person, maybe I have been scared to act on it…and it is always a good time to be, brave.
- Compassion (findingthegrace.wordpress.com)
- Compassion – Making Your Ego Your Frenemy (aloneloner.com)
- How Can I Actually Help? (elephantjournal.com)
- Compassion: The Glue That Holds Us Together (princessofthelight.wordpress.com)