I’ve tried to think about what I should write to add my voice to the now over 1000 bloggers who are penning about compassion.
What could possibly be left to say?
I don’t want to sound preachy, or arrogant enough to assume I know how to live. I don’t want to condemn anyone (accidentally or otherwise). I don’t want to self-aggrandize or tell you all the great ways I’ve been compassionate in the past because to be honest, those episodes are way to few and far in between.
I believe knowing what you don’t want is just as important, if not more important, than knowing what you want.
You know what I really want? I just want to think before I act. I just want to consider the other person’s experience before I lash out, or decide to withhold action. I want to practice empathy, tolerance, mercy. I want to personify humanity in its most conscious form. I want to live mindfully, with care of how my actions affect others. I want to live without regret.
I may not succeed, but I want to practice compassion – every day.