There have been many times when I have had to step back and unplug just to catch my breath. Some people have blamed my reactions – or overreactions as they have called them – on being overly sensitive. The truth is that I have never been an overly sensitive person; I have always been a person who feels a deep sense of compassion for others.
I don’t understand people who lack compassion for others; I can’t wrap my head around the idea that they exist. I’m not talking about the obvious here, the ones who have caused so much pain and torture, the evil of this world. I’m talking about the people like you and me yet are somehow missing something so distinctly human about them.
My beautiful daughters are two of the most empathetic and compassionate souls you will ever meet and I gave them those qualities simply by choosing to teach them that love is the only way. Love is born and hate is learned.
I may not always be the nicest person; I may be downright awful at times. I have my faults and I am full of flaws, but my heart is good and my intentions are to leave a legacy of love behind, and my compassion is what will help me accomplish that.
So yes, I cry when I see the world in chaos. I am brought to my knees when I see children being slaughtered when they are supposed to be safe at school. When I hear another attack, another bomb, another massacre gone unreported because it’s not enough to make headlines, I cry. My very visceral reactions are to feel for every last person that hurts and as some have said, “you take the weight of the world on your shoulders.” But only for a moment because then I reach out to those compassionate souls in my life, like Shareen, who I know are feeling the same way as I am and just like that it’s okay. We may not have fixed the world, but we’ve comforted someone we know is hurting and in doing so a chain of love and compassion is started and it spreads like wildfire.
With my compassion I create a positive effect in my life and the lives of those around me. By choosing to live a life where I empower others and pass those gifts onto my children I see the beauty in this world. I see the humanity in people again. When I choose to remember that everyone has a story and everyone is fighting a battle and I have no right to judge anyone, I offer compassion instead and that changes my perceptions. It can be very difficult to feel things so deeply, but I wouldn’t have it any other way because there wouldn’t be any reason to try to change what is wrong if I didn’t feel it.