motivation monday: the gift of compassion

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.


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  1. says

    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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    • says

      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.

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    Compassion is really lacking in today’s society, at least that is my feeling as of late. I know that my opinion is jaded because I live near Ferguson, MO but it just seems there are so many people without care or concern for others. I am completely the opposite though and tend to put other people before my own feelings and needs.
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  4. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I think if more people were compassionate, the world would be a better place. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. maria says

    I need to slow down and not sweat the small stuff this holiday season. It definitely can help me give the holiday spirit to others this time of year.

  6. Jennifer Williams says

    I always hold the door, I move things out of the way if the isle is blocked and someone is trying to get through. I park far out because I was blessed with legs that allow me to walk and want to teach my children they are lucky for this ability. It is easier than you think and becomes second nature once you have done it for a while.

    • says

      So glad to hear I’m not the only one! I helped a grandmom at CVS on Monday when I was at the Minute Clinic. She wanted to bring her granddaughter in to be checked. I felt bad that she would have to drive back and forth, and tried to find a clinic closer to her home on my smartphone.

  7. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I try to remember to show compassion all year round. I always hold doors open for people. It is so important to show compassion.

  8. Amanda Love says

    I totally agree that compassion is something we all need to work on. Sometimes a simple smile is really all that’s needed to make someone’s day.

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