Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What is Compassion?

I am normally a daily affirmation reader and I have been going through affirmation books since 2005. My first affirmation book was given to me by a mentor in college when I was 19 years old. Within the past few years, my mom has kept me supplied with a pretty regular supply of affirmation reading.

Me = great quotes, affirmations, inspirational stories, and nature. Those are some of the things I REALLY enjoy and what drives me or keeps me going.

I stumbled upon an affirmation from a couple days ago which is just too good to keep to myself. It is interesting because I have been pondering lately how to define compassion. Voila! Charles R. Swindoll sums it up best in his book "Bedside Blessings".

"Compassion usually calls for a willingness to humbly spend oneself in obscurity on behalf of unknowns.....Truly compassionate people are often hard to understand. They take risks most people would never take. They give away what most people would cling to. They reach out and touch when most would hold back with folded arms. Their caring brings them up close where they feel the other person's pain and do whatever is necessary to demonstrate true concern."

I am very fortunate to have some true friends and very compassionate people in my life. I only hope that I can strive to also become a compassionate being and pay it forward.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Good morning Beck!!

I haven't told you lately...but your posts ROCK!!! I love it when people allow themselves to experience & enjoy all that life has to offer. You display the utmost in courage, faith, compassion, drive & you conquer life in sooo many ways!! yup, you pretty much ROCK!!!! =) Have a super fab day