Spiritual leaders are asked one question all the time. What does the world need?
There could be a million answers to that question. One answer that I’ve heard quite a bit, and the one that I personally believe in, is that the world needs more compassion.
Compassion is a rare commodity where most people are trying only to look out for themselves and trying to acquire more in an attempt to make them happy.
Empathy is a big part of compassion. Without empathy, a person cannot be truly compassionate. They can act as if they are compassionate but they will never truly feel compassion for another living thing. Without the ability to understand the suffering of another human being there is no emotional response that motivates people to help other people.
If we would all just look at each other as spiritual being living the human experience, things would be so different. Race, gender, sexual orientation would not matter. If everyone would realize that our souls are the most important asset we have and nothing we could ever get on Earth can ever compare. Where could we be as human beings if everyone embraced that?
If you meet someone who deflects his or her suffering on to you, see it for what it is, and try not to let it make you suffer. It’s not easy; it never will be. Instead of lashing out yourself, try to be compassionate to the other person’s pain. Imagine what they must be going through to be able to treat you the way they did.
If that were you in all that pain, how would you want someone to react? You would expect them to react in anger but what if they didn’t. What if instead of lashing back at you, they showed compassion? What if they said, “I’m sorry you’re in such pain?”
Very few people ever say that to another person and chances are that neither you nor I will ever have anyone say that to us. I may not be right there with you but I’ll say it to you right now. Whoever you are, wherever you are.
I’m sorry you’re in pain and I’m sorry that someone treated you so bad. It doesn’t erase the pain; nothing can ever completely erase it. But, maybe it’ll ease it a little and you can pass it on to the next person. If everyone will pass it on, who knows where it could lead.