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Friday, 20 February 2015

Compassion is easy

Compassion is the most primitive instinct of man, and also of animals. You might have observed, how your pet understands your need for comfort. It is the language of the soul. Compassion is natural. It is the first feeling evoked in our heart, when we hear of any tragedy.

Ironically, compassion has become scarce in the world. Civilisation has managed to bury compassion into the depths of our heart, where it struggles to resurface. People feel, it isn't worth to waste time on compassion, which they fear conflicts with competition, the trend of the modern world.

However, compassion is easy. You don't need loads of time, and money to offer compassion. A kind word, a sympathetic touch, an understanding smile, and an unselfish act are the weapons of compassion. Far from making your life tedious, compassion leads to happiness of both the persons involved.

It is different from pity. Pity emanates from your ego, when you feel sorry for someone's plight. It is easy to satisfy pity with a small donation. Compassion, on the other hand, arises from love, where the adversity affects you as much as the sufferer. Compassion does not let you rest, till you've tried your best to resolve the problem.

I've often heard people saying, “It's sad. There's nothing anyone can do to help.”

They are wrong. There's always something, you can do. Lend your sympathetic ears, comfort them with your continuous support, be there for them. Often, compassion is all that people need. Time takes care of everything else.

I read a story once.

After a nerve-racking journey, the author's friend smiled, and thanked the reckless taxi driver.

The astounded author asked his friend, “How can you praise him instead of criticising?”

The friend replied, “My smile, and kindness made him happy. Now, he will pass it on to the next customer, who in turn, will pass it to someone else.”

A single act of kindness can lead to a chain of compassion. Start a chain of kindness, every morning.

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  1. Very true! A small kind gesture is enough to make someone happy!

    1. Yes, and it makes us happy, too.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. This is SO true! I love the whole Pay It Forward concept, it works so well so often!

  3. That's a wonderful story. Beauty lies in such small and heartfelt gestures. Thanks for sharing this, Kiran.

    1. Thanks Saru. Most of the time, we miss smaller moments, trying to perform a grand gesture.

  4. Beautiful Kiran! Thanks for sharing!

  5. How effectively you have said it, Kiran! What a sweet story! Yes, compassion is easy and it is the easy way to happiness :)
    TC! Keep smiling :)

    1. Thanks a lot, Sindhu. :) Hope you had a great day! TC.

  6. Well expressed, Kiran! Relevant message.
    I had read a poem in which a smile passed by the protagonist travels all around his/her city & then at the end of the day finds its way back to the originator!
    As you sow, so you reap :)

    1. Thanks Anita. True, we need to treat others, the way we want us to be treated.

  7. Wonderful post, Kiran. You expressed it beautifully :)


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