Compassion for the Less Fortunate, for the Undeserving, and for Yourself

7 thoughts on “Compassion for the Less Fortunate, for the Undeserving, and for Yourself”

  1. More than a 1,000 words, but each and everyone resonated with me on a personal level. My entire life, I freely showed and expressed compassion for others both the “deserving” and “undeserving”; but “self-compassion” was absent. Several years ago, I began a new journey which I hope will lead to true non-judgmental compassion toward myself and others. Thank you for sharing this post.

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  2. Beautifully said! You have delicately touched different aspects of life where compassion is important. Love the Mark Twain quote and truly believe that compassion is necessary for the undeserving too!

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  3. I loved some of your quotes! I love Mark Twain’s sense of humour, but my favourite quote was: “True compassion does not come from wanting to help out those less fortunate than ourselves but from realizing our kinship with all beings.”

    I agree with your assessment that too often we think that someone is suffering or is a failure (I hate that word) because they haven’t tried hard enough. Maybe they could try harder, but lack self-compassion, or haven’t received the kind of encouragement they need to love and believe in themselves.

    I’ve known some Christians who view wealth, success, and happiness as signs of God’s approval. I worry that, should they ever find themselves in a situation where, due to financial difficulties or mental illness, they will think it’s because God doesn’t love them.

    Loving and being kind isn’t always easy, but if I am having a tough time doing so, it always helps when someone is kind to me first. Each time we practice compassion, it tends to spread outward. Sometimes I am the one to be kind to someone having a rough day, and other times it is someone else who lifts me up when I am down. Whichever the case may be, it ripples outward.

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  4. Wow! Thank you; what connections! I was just leaving a comment at Kenneth “The Culture Monk” Justice’s blog about how our society still clings to the mythos of rugged individualism. It makes it harder for us to think collectively; we come more to “needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many”, upon judgments of meritocracy.

    I hope you’ll indulge me a small moment with words from scripture I follow– consider them at face value, if you will:
    “Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just— But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent… For behold, are we not all beggars?”

    And that related to my comment to fellow blogger and #1000Speaks contributor Gretchen Kelly– somehow, meeting some men that begged of me were glad that I listened, and shared their troubles, even though I didn’t immediately have food to give them.

    Thank you too for your words on self-compassion. It’s a difficult one for me, and a topic I’ve reflected a lot on, reading others in #1000Speaks write about such.

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