What Is Compassion Really?

Compassion goes beyond feelings of sympathy and empathy and puts them into action.

How do you define Compassion?

People define compassion in different ways.

In the Webster’s Dictionary compassion is defined as the sympathetic consciousness of other’s distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

Some believe that it’s can’t g, kindness, or a willingness to help others is compassion.

Others believe caring about another person’s happiness like it was their own is the definition of compassion.

But there may be a deeper definition that we can access.

The true meaning of compassion:

True compassion goes beyond the understanding of another person’s suffering. Compassionate people feel compelling do something to help or relieve the suffering they are confronted with.

The word compassion literally means to “suffer together” or “co-suffering.”

Well, then you feel compassion for those around you, you can’t stand by and watch someone else suffering. You are motivated to take action to stop the pain or help out.

Last week an organization I belong to had two of it’s officers have a disagreement. Sally and Karen (not their real names.) Had a financial dispute. Karen was upset because Sally deposited the money raised into the organization’s bank account. Karen stated that it was not put into the account properly, Sally got upset and immediately quit the organization stating that Karen did not trust her.

Sally misunderstood Karen and didn’t want to discuss it. I received phone calls from both these ladies telling me their side of the dispute. Both wanting me to take their side.And now Karen wanted to quit feeling bad that Sally didn’t want to try and discuss a resolution.

I understandably did not take sides. My feeling of compassion made me want to help them both. I understood both sides. I was able to speak to both ladies and will hopefully come up with a truce soon.

Compassionate act’s don’t need to be grand shows of generosity. Not do they need to be exclusively for someone’s pain.

A non- judgemental ear when listening to someone speak is an act of compassion. Asking someone you see on the street or grocery store how their day is going is a act of compassion.

Small acts like these connect you to other people and tell others that they are important. You’re letting them know that you see and appreciate them.

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