Compassion

Dictionary.com defines compassion as “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering”.

The first picture that pops into my head when I hear the word compassion is Jesus.  He had great compassion on the lost in the world.  Another picture is Mother Teresa.  She spent her entire life giving of herself to those less fortunate.  Today there are entire ministries across the globe based on compassion.  One such ministry is called Compassion International.  Through this agency, you can sponsor a specific child by making a donation. You exhibit compassion on this child when you sponsor him, write letters, share photos and offer encouragement.

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Compassion International

How can someone like me offer compassion today?  Our world is full of those needing compassion.  It could be a neighbor who has lost a family member, a friend who has lost a job, or a small baby in India that needs health care.

How might this apply to the web profession?  Perhaps a co-worker is having a hard time with a project, and you could offer your help.  Maybe a client is having tough time due to family issues.  You could help by lending an ear to let them know you care.  Opportunities are all around you.  You just have to look.

But first I believe your heart must be in the right place.  Without this, compassion has no meaning.  I think this can be difficult in today’s world.  We fill our schedules with every conceivable thing and leave no room for this type of outpouring.  We also may have fears about putting ourselves “out there”.  But when our heart is right, and we reach out to someone, it can prove to be a very moving experience. Lives can be changed with even the smallest acts of compassion.

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