“Be kind to all those you meet, because they may be in the throws of a personal battle that you may be unaware”. Buddha
Compassion is the ability and willingness to see and understand what other people are going through and to act in a loving and supportive manner. It is also giving the benefit of doubt to those with whom you may not know the full story.
For example, the man that just spoke to you in a very condescending tone may be late for a meeting. Instead of confronting him, why not simply smile and open the door for him so he can be on his way. The lady who was just rude to you in the store may have been up all night worrying about the possibility of her business failing. Instead of judging her behavior, why not offer a heartfelt wish or prayer that she finds a little calmness and peace in her stressful situation. Maybe the teenager tailgating you and flashing her lights on the highway is rushing home to a family emergency. Just let her pass.
Compassion isn’t timidly accepting all the bad behavior that other people act toward us, but instead simply trying to understand where someone is coming from, why they act as they do and possibly trying to help them find a little relief from a stressful situation.
Remember the wisdom of Buddha, “Be kind to all those you meet, because they may be in the throws of a personal battle that you may be unaware”.
Compassion is a wonderful gift to receive and an even better gift to give. Be compassionate.