Merriam-Webster’s dictionary has been and continues to be our source of reference. This week we approach the term COMPASSION. COMPASSION: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.  I have found myself in need of COMPASSION on many occasions.  On one of those occasions several years ago, I suffered from a torn rotator cuff and could barely move after the 6-hour reconstructive surgery. When I awoke, I was totally at the mercy of the entire free world.  I was helpless to defend myself let alone my family.  I recovered to about 98% mobility and strength after about two years of hard work, but I never forgot what it was like.  To have COMPASSION one must first have understanding.  compassionI had never been so incapacitated for so long, but the experience allowed me to understand the weaker vessel.  We are not all at the same place, at the same time and most of us aren’t even going in the same direction. However, we must see the pains of our fellow-man and vicariously put ourselves in their place. COMPASSION allows one to whisper a prayer for a missing child on behalf of a family that you don’t know because, you have children of your own. COMPASSION offers an average individual the opportunity to be stellar because one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. COMPASSION through the memories of my own hopelessness forced me to become a more compassionate man.

I was raised in a single parent home and we didn’t have much to speak of but my mother would feed anyone that came to our door around dinner time.  It dumbfounded me that my mother would feed another, when often times near the end of a pay period we would be forced to eat meals that had little to no meat.  I ventured to question her as to why she would give a portion of what we had to others and with pinpoint accuracy she asked me, “did you eat?”.  She quickly brought to my attention that his mother may not be able to feed him.  COMPASSION forces you to think about someone other than yourself.  I know that this is contrary to the notion of the age we live in, but what if everyone would but consider someone else?  I considered you when I wrote this.

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