Definition of compassion according to Merriam-Webster is sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

The Bible has many verses on compassion.

1 Peter 3:8 says, “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is well known for his compassionate nature.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
― Plato

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
― Aesop

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein

In 2020, we saw horrible events in the news. In 2021, I plan to reflect on compassion. I may not change the world, but maybe I can help one person.

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