The American Heritage Dictionary’s definition of the word Compassion is: “The deep feeling of sharing the suffering of another in the inclination to give aid or support, or to show mercy.” I usually shorten it to, “Compassion means to suffer with.” Compassion has always been part of my spiritual journey and feeling compassion for those who suffer is just a part of who I am. I’m not sure why. I just know that I often feel the pain of people around me.
Some people have called me a snob when I leave a room before anyone else. I’m not trying to be rude. Sometimes what I’m feeling is just too much. Some experts say feeling deeply is a symptom (or gift) of the Highly Sensitive Personality. Others suggest feeling deeply relates to the gift of healing or goes along with the gifts of knowledge and intercession. At any rate, compassion has been on my heart and mind.
I think our world is hurting right now and those of us who “feel deeply” or intercede for others, are often awake in the middle of the night. This has become more normal for me than I realized and I’ve learned how to adjust my schedule accordingly. I am less demanding of myself on days after a night of little sleep.
There is a deep need and longing for wholeness and healing in our world today. Mother Teresa said, “Do Small Things with Great Love.” It is actually easier than you may realize. I know one woman who can show us how. I hope you will click HERE to spend some time wrapped in Nettie’s love and wisdom. She shares deep truth and healing.
Each of us can choose to do small things with great love. Each of us can be “first responders” in love when our country and world is suffering. Each one of us can offer compassion to our brothers and sisters.