motivation monday: the gift of compassion

by Barb on December 9, 2012

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Gift of Compassion

One of the hardest things for so many of us (I’m including myself in that group) is step outside our very human self-interest to show compassion for others. Especially at this time of year.

Think about it. We’re out shopping for friends and family yet we have no problem being first in a parking space or not holding a door open for a mom with a new baby in one hand and a toddler in the other. Remember that older person who took forever to walk down the aisle at the grocery store while we shopped for ingredients for treats for our children’s teachers. I know what that’s like. I do.

I’m asking you to do something different.

This Christmas, let’s give each other the gift of compassion. Let’s give the gift of truly walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.

Everything in life boils down to people and relationships. Let’s be open, candid, and genuine with everyone we meet whether it’s the grandmother in line ahead of us, or the man behind the counter at the post office.

Let’s suspend our prejudices. Let’s expect the best. Let’s look for ways to express our interest in others and our concern for their well-being.

Compassion.

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Diane Balch December 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

It’s just a matter of slowing down a moment and seeing another person, sometimes we get so wrapped up in our thoughts and things to do that we operate in a bubble forgetting that “the other” person has thoughts and things to do too. Thanks Barb, good reminder.
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Robin @ Thank Your Body December 10, 2012 at 10:12 am

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Mrs H December 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Thanks for sharing a great link-up so we can all wallow in fabulous resources for another week!!! :D :D :D

I am sharing a link about the 25 best gifts for homesteaders and clean eaters, whole food fans and foodies!!

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Barb December 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Thank you! I love reading all the great posts each week myself. You guys keep me inspired, too!

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Stacy Uncorked December 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Compassion is definitely something we should practice every day. Nicely written, Barb! :)
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Lisa Lynn December 15, 2012 at 10:11 am

A great reminder for all of us :) I think of myself as being a pretty compassionate person…but yes, my patience is tested sometimes.
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April @ The 21st Century Housewife December 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm

This really is a wonderful reminder. It’s amazing how much a smile can brighten a person’s day, but equally, a cross word can spoil it. Thank you for sharing this post at this busy time of year :)
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Alea December 21, 2012 at 3:55 am

What a lovely post! If we don’t show compassion, we are missing the point of Christmas! April and I enjoyed your post and will be featuring it on the Gallery tomorrow.
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Barb December 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Thank you!

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Beth December 2, 2013 at 7:04 am

I think you are right, we all get caught up in our own self and our own lives it is hard to see past our own noses sometimes. I have really been trying to see the bigger picture lately but sometimes it is hard! Life just needs to slow down so we can take the time to take it all in and not rush to snap judgements or take our crankiness out on undeserving folks.
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Barb December 2, 2013 at 9:04 am

Thank you. I wanted to put it out there as a reminder during the holiday season because it is so easy to forget. So many people rush around and make snap judgments about the next person without realizing that person may be dealing with something huge in their life.

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Carrie December 2, 2013 at 9:59 am

I’ve read that compassion and empathy is one of the most valuable personality traits to have, and work hard to nurture it in my kids. Thanks for sharing!

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Colleen (Souffle Bombay) December 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Compassion is one of the traits I teach my kids everyday – well put.

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Lauryn December 2, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Gorgeous reminder Barb…thank you for sharing that.
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