Happy New Year – Compassion [guide word]
So, here we are again, ringing in another New Year. What will this new year hold for us? As I have been doing for many years now, I have picked a word that I will use as my guide word for this year. This year that word is ‘compassion’.
Compassion: sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
Compassion is a noun that means the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others. If someone shows kindness, caring, and a willingness to help others, they’re showing compassion. This is a word for a very positive emotion that has to do with being thoughtful and decent.
So, can we rise to the challenge this year and allow ourselves to be compassionate or will we allow ourselves to be bullied by the rantings and ravings of the ignorant and ill-informed? It’s up to me and it’s up to you. I can chose my own path. I can chose my own responses. I can decide to be guided by my heart as well as my head. So can you!
I look at a stranger and I see me. After all, I am also a stranger in someone else’s eyes.