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Compassion is defined as caring about the suffering and needs of others. If we want to live in a world of kindness and compassion, we must also walk the talk. This trait  must be created inside ourselves and be demonstrated by our outward acts. We are each challenged to examine our own behavior and thoughts. We need to control our response to external events, actions and opinions of others in order to build compassion for what  motivates their behavior. Compassion starts with being able to understand where the other person is coming from.

It is critically important to have an attitude to look for the positive lessons in our daily challenges by accepting responsibility for our own choices and stop judging the choices of others. Living a compassionate life involves acting with integrity. Being compassionate builds trust. Telling the truth is the foundation of relations based on trust. When we only say something and don’t follow through, it breaks this trust. Being able to trust someone depends on feeling they are showing compassion and care about your needs to do what is in your best interest.

When we pay attention to the little things, we give those around us the compassionate gift of our gratitude for their presence in our life. This can have an important benefit to change a person’s self-worth and can even affect a whole organization.

Compassion in the community involves continual service and a true concern for the welfare of others and our planetary resources. We are each called to commit to our responsibility to lead positive change more actively. This involves doing the right thing to bring compassion, fairness, equality and sustainability in all our actions. In these times of world change, we are called to come to the place of compassion and tolerance and to find strength in diversity. Until all persons increase their tolerance for the differences of others, we are not living as a global family to build community.

Rev. Patrice Joy Masterson, MA is a Healthy Living Consultant. She offers personalized and group integrative programs at the Harmonizing Health Retreat in Bedford, KY. For more information call 937-631-5581 or go online to www.harmonizinghealthretreat.com.