Thursday, February 19, 2015

Compassion ~ Empathy

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
-Mother Teresa

    Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to               relieve it. 

      the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences         and emotions: the ability to share someone else's feeling

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 
-1 Peter 3:8

Sometimes late at night, I mean like 3 or 4 in the morning, I think about how my life is going and how I would like it to continue.  I see my life as waves on an ocean most often.  I have for quite a while.  Sometimes I am a boat or a ship on the ocean.  Sometimes I am afraid of the open ocean, more often, I am not.  The ocean holds mystery and possibility,  wonder, sustenance, calming peace, raging storms, refreshing rebirth, vast burials.  I believe there is a reason God made the ocean so huge compared to land.  He knew that people needed something bigger and most unknown that they could see and touch, in order to understand his greatness.  I also feel that God knew that people needed the ocean in order for people to understand the vast expanse that is the human mind.  In my life time the ocean will never be completely explored or understood nor will the mind.  I am great however, that I have been blessed with 2 things:  Compassion and Empathy.  I know I have both.  I know that it is very hard for me to be awake and not think of someone who might have it worse or someone who may need something for that day.  I can judge myself up one side and down the other.  Judging others is extremely hard.  Everyone has their purpose, reason and own validity for what they do, who am I to judge. Below are some wonderful quotes that I like to look at.  Mother Teresa is one of my biggest inspirations. I would have loved to meet one of the most selfless people one earth.  I am sure she could not have stopped to figure out how she touched so many lives. k~

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
-Mother Teresa

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, 
a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
-Mother Teresa

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