Sunday, February 27, 2005

The Need For Compassion

The person in misery does not need a look that judges and criticizes, but a comforting presence that brings peace, hope, and life.

In other words, what he or she needs is compassion. Compassion is a word full of meaning. It means: sharing the same passion, sharing the same suffering, sharing the same agony, accepting into my heart the misery in yours. Your pain calls out to me. It touches my heart. It awakens something within me, and I become one with you in your pain.

I may not be able to relieve your pain, but by understanding it and sharing it, I make it possible for you to bear it in a way that enhances your dignity and helps you to grow.


-- Author Unknown
 

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