“Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.” — Mason Cooley
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The word compassion combines the word-forming element com (meaning “with, together, by”) and the word passion (meaning “enduring, emotion, suffering"). In this way, the word compassion literally means “with passion, with suffering, with enduring emotion.”
And today, we generally use the word compassion to refer to the heart-felt concern felt for the suffering or misfortune of others.
Without compassion, we become apathetic to the needs of others, discouraged from forming meaningful connections. And yet, when we do have compassion, we become moved by the heart, encouraged to foster high-value relationships with the people around us.
The question becomes, how are you being moved with compassion in your life?
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Jonas Cain, M.Ed. is a storyteller, magician, musician, and facilitator of fascination on a mission to help you experience abiding joy.