Calling Compassion

Have you ever wondered how different this world could be if we all learned to have respect and compassion for others? So many of our world’s problems stem from a lack of compassion for mankind. Sometimes we may be stressed, or caught up in our own lives, and we may forget just how much of an impact our words and actions have on someone else.

I am sure that most of us can recall moments in our lives where we have felt disrespected or unimportant. We may have been bullied at school or at work, we may have confided in a friend who didn’t seem to care much about what we had to say. We could have experienced loneliness that made us feel unworthy. The smallest gestures – a smile, a nod, a handshake, a hug, even a kind word, or simple hello can bring so much happiness to someone’s day. Kind gestures can foster trust between two people, you never know if you may be the only person who has shown such kindness to that individual in a long time. I recently spoke with someone who said that I was the first person to give her a compliment for as long as she could remember, I was surprised and saddened by this.

Compassion not only makes the receiving individual happy, but being the one showing love and compassion to others is such a boost to our own happiness. Helping others is so fulfilling and rewarding. We don’t truly know what is going on in other people’s lives, they are fighting battles that we may know nothing about. An act of kindness no matter how small goes a long way. If we could all learn to get along and show love, or at the very least respect, this world would be a much better place. We are not going to like everyone that we encounter in our lives, but at the very least, there should be a mutual level of respect as human beings. Sometimes that is very difficult especially if another individual has done us wrong, but if we choose compassion, we won’t have to live with such negativity in our hearts and on our conscience.

There are many ways to show compassion to others. A smile, a conversation, a comforting hug, a card, a text or call to check in, even just listening to someone and offering your time. There are times that we get so caught up in the everyday that we forget the impact that we make on others unless they tell us. No matter what we are facing, we should always choose to press forward with love in our hearts, it can make a difference to your world and mine.

Love is in the Air

With Valentine’s Day approaching this Thursday, I felt the urge to write a blog about love. This blog holds true not only on Valentine’s Day, but throughout the whole year. Some of us are in brand new relationships, others have been married for years, some of us might be in tricky love situations, and some will be single. No matter your status on Valentine’s Day, please remember that sharing love should not only be set aside for a special day, it should be something practiced daily.

We as human beings have so much power and influence to change the world one act of kindness at a time. We often go throughout our day not realizing the positive impact that we have made on other’s lives. That smile that you gave someone in the store could be the reason why someone won’t give up on life, something small like holding the door open for someone, or helping someone cross the street could be all it takes to restore someone’s faith in humanity. No act of kindness is too small. We tend to forget the impact that our actions have on others. Sadly, in today’s society, respect and true genuineness are few and far between making kindness and love an even more precious gem.

The beautiful thing is that loving someone and sharing kindness don’t have to cost a thing. Sure, we can give gifts, or pay for someone’s dinner, but the simple kind of love requires nothing but to be given. A hug, a smile, a kind word costs absolutely nothing, yet what is reaped is beyond any sort of payment, it’s truly priceless. The feeling of having another individual value you and love you as a person is such a beautiful thing. This can be any sort of relationship…family, friendships, lovers, etc. A tight hug can offer so much comfort and acceptance. A smile gives another human being a feeling of approval and welcoming. Simply saying a few kind words like “please” and “thank you,” or giving a sincere compliment can bring two people closer and do wonders for the soul.

As Valentine’s Day approaches us this week, please be reminded how much you as a human being add value to the world and the lives around you. Your spirit, your beautiful soul, your love, is meant to be shared to bring light into this world. Slowly by slowly we can all make a difference today and everyday, for in the end love conquers all!