Compassion Is Not A One Sided Emotion

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One of the most valuable character traits every person should strive to have is compassion. Compassion is the ability to understand other people’s struggles and empathizing with them. The main reason why people should have compassion for one another is for one main reason, the golden rule. The golden rule says to treat others the way you would want to be treated. Everyone has difficulties in their lives, and it’s up to us as humans to be able to comfort each other in times of struggle. This is important personally because I have gone through a lot in my life that has shaped the way I handle certain situations and treat other people. For this reason, compassion is somewhat of a hard concept for people to grasp and apply in their lives. Many people think the world revolves around them and are very self-centered. However, it is up to us as Christians to go against that attitude and have compassion on others just as Christ did. Compassion is not a one sided emotion. One does not simply have compassion on someone else and not feel any compassion personally. Having compassion on yourself can boost your self-esteem as well as your spiritual life. I learned about this first hand while I was on three different mission trips to the City of Children in Baja California, Mexico. My heart ached for the children living there, but in all actuality they were, for the most part, happier to be there than the neglected homes they came from. Through all their struggles, they had

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