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Practicing Compassion

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Practicing compassion for an entire day did not seem like it would be very challenging. I originally assumed that this assignment would be an easy to complete and write about; however, I underestimated what entirely engaging in compassion meant. In order to wholly engage in a day of compassion, I first researched the definition of what it means to be compassionate. To be compassionate is defined as “having or showing compassion,” while compassion is defined as “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering” (Dictionary.com, 2016). In my own words, this means that I would show kindness and empathy to everyone that I encountered throughout my day, as…show more content…
This was an easy task, as it is something that I usually do, so I continued to do it many more times throughout the day. As I was sitting in a class, the person sitting beside me dropped his pen, so I picked it up for him. A while later, I was going to do my dishes. Typically, I only do my dishes and leave my roommates dishes in the sink for them to do later; however, I decided to do their dishes as a random act of kindness. At one point I was in line at Tim Horton’s and I paid for the coffee of the person in line behind me. Many of these actions were simple and, with a few exceptions, I was essentially behaving in the same manner that I would on a typical day. The hard part was when I realized that compassion was more than just those little tasks. For example, as I was walking through the Riddell Centre there was a woman wearing pyjama pants and an oversized sweatshirt. As I was walking past her, I became aware that I was making a judgment of her in my head, wondering why she was wearing what she was. This is when I realized that compassion means refraining from judgments. Instead of judging her outfit, I realized that it does not really matter what she was wearing and she may have a reason as to her outfit choice, or she could have just wanted to wear it. Practicing compassion meant that I would withhold the little judgments that I form throughout my day and attempt to see situations
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