Small Acts of Compassion Can Change The World
1000 Voices For Compassion
Compassion is such a loaded word. When you hear the word compassion, you always tend to think of the images that flash across our television screens at times of homelessness or poverty. There are so many moments that inspire us to help each other. But, what if I told you that compassion doesn’t just exist on such a large scale? What if I told you compassion can and needs to exist in our everyday life? Would you be able to recognize and implement it?
Compassion is something that I’ve discovered exists and thrives on the smallest levels of kindness daily. Compassion is that moment when you’re sitting down on the subway or bus, and give up your seat to the pregnant mother, senior citizen, or parent trying to calm down their baby.Or, that moment when you see a person in the grocery line struggling to finish paying for their groceries; and you give them the additional money they need to make their purchase without even thinking about it.
All of those things that we take for granted are moments of compassion that help build and revolve the world. Compassion at its truest form is being able to help someone feel better. Compassion doesn’t always have to be about suffering, and it doesn’t have to involve money.
Many times compassion can be demonstrated just by our words. When you are speaking with someone and offer an encouraging word, you are giving them one of the most profound acts of compassion. The ability to truly listen and understand someone is one of the most intimate things you can do. So, just imagine the amount of compassion being shared when you are just having a conversation with someone that is feeling pain. Or, being able to hug someone who’s struggling, the power of our words and actions can do more than money could ever hope to do.
Compassion is so many things, and can be demonstrated in so many ways. The key is just being able to recognize that power. We truly have the power to change the world just by being alert and compassionate people. It’s easy to believe that money is the only way to truly make changes. Don’t get me wrong, money is a part of it.
But, the true heart of anything that is going to change the world is always going to go back to us. It’s about all of us recognizing our power and living in it. Understanding, that everything we do has an impact. When you encourage another, you encourage yourself. When you love another, another shows love to another. If we show compassion to another, that person in turn shows compassion to someone else. Then, compassion begins to spread like a forest fire. They say “love on fire” is one of the most powerful forces there is. Imagine what “compassion on fire” could do!
That’s why I think compassion is such a loaded word. Compassion is not just about empathy. Compassion is and can be about action, depending on how it’s brought to life. At this moment one thousand plus bloggers and voices are coming together to talk about compassion from our own perspectives, all in the hopes or releasing some “good juju” into the atmosphere.
One thousand plus voices taking a “small action” to ignite the “fire of compassion”, hopefully I’ve stoked that fire in you. Recognize your strength! Recognize that you’re an integral part of the change you want to see in the world. A small action of compassion can and will change the world. All you have to do is light the match with your action. Will you be willing to be the “spark” today?