Thursday, May 31, 2012
Being compassionate is similar to what we call support. We get outside our own self-centered egos and care about someone beyond ourselves. In the process we are helped and changed - perhaps more than the person we are helping.
As we mature, we learn that not all help is beneficial. It is more helpful to confront a friend in their delusion than to accept their misguided actions. Sometimes it is hard to be a friend to a person in great pain. We might prefer to pull away rather than be with them as they suffer, but we can be more compassionate if we accept our powerlessness to cure their pain. Compassion has a reverberating effect in relationships. Not only do we give it and grow from the experience, we also become the receivers of what we send out.
Today, I will practice compassion in my relationships.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©
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