How About A Little Compassion
One thing I’m learning today is to have more compassion. Compassion with myself and others. I thought I already knew this but apparently not. As human beings, we are not perfect. No matter how much we want to be, think we are or judge others for not being. Perfection is not in our nature.
Sometimes I think compassion also is not in our nature. I saw a German Shepherd on the road while I was driving the other day. The cars on the other side of the street were trying to protect the animal by slowing and warning other drivers.
What compassion she was showing.
Meanwhile, this dog had either accidentally gotten out, ran away, or had owners that were not as caring as they should be. Either way, the animal was left out running in the streets. Predator for us fast moving vehicles that love to speed on the back roads cause we are always late. ( or have a lead foot)
The point I’m trying to make is we have all kinds of compassion for the animals in this world. Regardless of who they are. It doesn’t matter if they bite. It’s not held against them. We judge their nature and say things like, “They cant help it or that’s their nature”. But what about human animals. Humans are animals too. Just a different kind. We were created to talk and think. Walk and run. Some of us are nice and some are not.
What is our nature? Is it of sin and learning or something else entirely?
How do we have compassion for ourselves and others like we have for the wild animals in this world? Most of us can attest that we are not perfect. And yet we expect perfection. From ourselves, our friends, co-workers, and family. From businesses and individuals alike.
When they don’t meet our standards, they are harshly judged. We think of opting out, canceling our memberships and complain heavily to all. This is a sign that we are missing compassion. Expecting perfection is not having compassion. If you are a Christian and you think this way. Then I think you need to get closer to Christ.
But another part of compassion is realizing that you are this way. As humans, many of us struggle this way. It is unhealthy to sit around judging yourself all the time. But it is healthy to do a good inventory of you and all you think about. If you hold yourself to high standards then it is more difficult for others to do. Not impossible as people can always find something wrong. But more difficult.
If you are judging yourself harshly today. Give yourself a break. It’s ok to be learning and to not be perfect. As humans, we were not created to be perfect. Be nice to who you are today. Maybe even write down a list of all you are grateful for.
Try a gratitude list
Gratitude lists are helpful in helping us to see all we really have and it also helps us to deal with some of the things in this world that we are dissatisfied with. Our lives were not meant to be perfect. But with work, we can make them perfect for us.
Do you want something different? Then do something different. We need to change how we see and react to what happens in our lives. If I want to be a writer then I need to be practicing my writing every day. If I want to be better at gymnastics then it takes work. Each of us has something we want. Wanting it will take some kind of work or sacrifice.
You want to lose ten pounds then maybe those cookies are not the best choice of treat for you. We all have a choice as to how we live our lives and also as to how we treat ourselves and others. Have compassion for yourself and others today.
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