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.


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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

Thanks for hosting!


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!


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!


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.


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!


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

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


Lauryn December 2, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Gorgeous reminder Barb…thank you for sharing that.
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Lesley December 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

What a lovely post and sentiment. There are lots of great recipe links that were shared, definitely going to look at a few of those for the holidays.
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Liz Mays December 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm

I think the lack of empathy causes a lot of greed and inequality among humans. I wish everyone could just flip a compassion switch on in their heads. :)


Stefany December 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm

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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Terry December 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm

I think I feel compassion for others. I also think that this is the time of year I feel it and show it more that other times. I really should be doing it all year long.
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LifeAsAConvert December 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Great linkup. I see some interesting blogs here.
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Robin (Masshole Mommy) December 2, 2014 at 3:12 pm

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


Heather December 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm

I always say the holidays bring out the best and worst in people. It’s important to care.
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coolchillmom December 2, 2014 at 5:53 pm

i did enjoy your post You aare son right we all need some compassion!
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Jeanine December 2, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Compassion is something I think more people could stand to practice more everyday. I know I try!


maria December 2, 2014 at 6:33 pm

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.


Lois Alter Mark December 2, 2014 at 7:58 pm

I totally agree. There is no bigger and more important gift than compassion.
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Tough Cookie Mommy December 2, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Having compassion for others is very important. One never knows when they will need the compassion of others as well.
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Tess December 2, 2014 at 10:30 pm

We all need to be more compassionate. Thanks for a great link up!


Jennifer Williams December 2, 2014 at 11:27 pm

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.


Our Family World December 3, 2014 at 12:19 am

Awesome link up, love all these posts a lot!
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Rena McDaniel December 3, 2014 at 6:57 am

I always try to help people out. It amazes me how many people will walk past someone and even see that they may need help. Last week there was a man at Walmart obviously struggling to find his truck. I got and walked the whole parking lot with him until we found it.


Barb December 3, 2014 at 10:49 am

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.


paula schuck December 3, 2014 at 9:04 am

I totally agree with this. Too many people have a missing compassion problem. My kids have an abundance of compassion. It’s actually sometimes lovely and other times it means they get their hearts broken often.
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Barb December 3, 2014 at 10:34 am

Thank you!


Amanda December 3, 2014 at 9:08 am

What a great link up! There are so many great ideas!
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Sarah Bailey December 3, 2014 at 11:05 am

Sometimes I don’t think we think about others enough we seem to be a very ‘me’ orientated society.


celebbabylaundry December 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm

A lot of people are not compassionate to others nowadays, it is very sad!
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Theresa December 3, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I agree. It’s the season to be thinking of our fellow man. We should already be doing it every day of the year, but even more so this time of the year. Beautiful post :)
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Barb December 3, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Thank you!


Ann Bacciaglia December 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm

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


Annie December 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm

I think people just need to slow down nowadays. Everyone’s always in a rush & doesn’t have time to look around to see that person who needs to have the door held open.
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Amanda Love December 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

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.


Amber NElson December 5, 2014 at 11:17 pm

I agree. I think we all could use a lesson in compassion.
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