You never know what battles a person is fighting.
It’s a term we often use, at least I do. I see it on social media often as well.
We all need to be kind to others as everyone is fighting some battle nearly every day. Showing just a little compassion can make all the difference in the world to someone who is struggling.
Depression is either something on the rise or something we are becoming more aware of. It seems millions of people battle it every day. Chronic pain, stress, anxiety, are just a few other things that are commonly dealt with by many.
Some of these conditions make the issues of going through menopause seem like nothing, but that is another thing some people face.
Others deal with constant fear or worry.
If you are like me, you deal with a chronic illness each and every day of your life.
With so much hate in the world, some people go out into the workplace daily facing discrimination.
Sometimes all it may take to turn someone’s day around is a smile from a stranger.
Do not underestimate your power to shift someone’s day from dark and gloomy, to bright and cheerful.
The things each of us personally face are not the sum of who we are. Nor do they limit what we have to contribute to others. Our personal struggles are just an extensions of us, just a chapter of our story.
The best thing about showing compassion to others is that it can help you just as much as it could help another!
Compassion is catching! There is a trickle down effect that occurs. When you are kind to someone, that person is far more likely to be compassionate to another, and from there it just flows!
Just do one thing every day to show compassion to another. That can be as simple as smiling at them. Being more patient with others, especially on social media where we tend to feel far more free to fly off the handle. Try not to get testy with that check out girl who can’t seem to figure out the price of an item. Give up your seat to an elderly person on the bus.
Just do one thing each day.
Soon, you will notice that performing small acts of compassion becomes second nature.
After awhile, your small acts will become greater acts, and so will the acts of those you showed kindness to!
I know it can be difficult sometimes to show compassion. It can be really difficult when we are going through our own personal issues. Sometimes, though, showing compassion to others when I am at my worst makes me feel better!
Showing compassion can be empowering!
Maybe it is because through recognizing another in need, we tend to forget about our own problems. Perhaps it is because it makes us feel stronger to give care to someone who may be weaker than ourselves.
Whatever the case may be, if it feels good, and it makes another person feel better, there is no reason not to do it!