A little compassion goes along way
You may be just one person, but your impact on other people is huge. We often forget that and go unconsciously affecting others without even giving it a second thought. What you say and even the expressions you make on your face can affect a person's entire week. Compassion for each other and our inner and outer struggles is a key component to bringing more light into the world. Although the dictionary defines compassion as pity, I look at it completely different. I don't think pity helps anyone. But compassion is an amazing gift you can give. Compassion says "I see you for who you are without judgement and understand your struggle." Compassion says "I don't condone what you do, but I understand why you do it." Compassion says "I am not going to add to your struggles, but simply be here to help alleviate them any way I can."
Let me give you an example. Let's say you call a friend with good news and they don't respond the way you want them to. After you hang up you feel resentful because they seemed uncaring and uninterested in you. You stress and judge about this person and their response. Can you have compassion instead of judgement. Something about them is keeping them from sharing your joy. It isn't about you any more than your news is about them. Is you can give that person compassion, you don't take on resentment and they don't take on judgement. Instead a gift is shared.
Here is another example. Let's say it is your job to call someone and ask them to pay a bill that is past due. You can call this person in judgement of how irresponsible they are. Or you can call them with compassion, understanding that whatever circumstance brought them not to pay this bill is probably causing them great stress and turmoil. Even if it just because they have a spending addiction. They are tormented. You can either contribute to their suffering (and yours for that matter) or you can give compassion. You never know how you might affect the world with this simple act.
If you haven't heard the pay it forward Starbucks story, you should read about it. http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x626051109/Starbucks-customers-pay-it-forward This is a great story about a simple act of kindness going a long way.
Insightful Inspiration for the week
Send a little compassion to someone you would normally judge. Send them this energy, just from within yourself. You don't even have to say or do anything. Just send the energy to them. Pay attention to what happens. Pay attention to how you feel and how the world around you reflects this change. As the saying goes, "Do unto others as you would have done to you." You never know how much of an impact you energy will make today. Use it wisely.