In my last post I touched lightly on the consept of suffering with compassion. This phrase to me is so deep I remember someone once telling me that they reached a point in there life where not having alot of money was ok with them, almost, they would rather live that way.
But, it is the type of person, being without makes you become. More considerate, more resourceful, more educated- because you have to be able to create oppertunities for yourself, because eating and paying your bills is necessary.
However, suffering teaches us much more then that in regards to who it makes you become. Not only does it force you to become more introspective but also more compassionate to others who are struggling.
“How can the comforter truly comfort, unless he knows what it’s like to need comfort?”
The introspection I mentioned earlier gives you the oppertunity to look inwardly. When we do it with compassion for ourselves, and acknowledgement that this situation doesn’t feel so great, we then start to understand what we need. In turn it becomes easier to figure out what others need.
We recite the golden rule “Do to others what we would want done to us” with out really considering what we are saying, because when we can tap into that true compassion for ourselves we will see the places where we haven’t done to others exactly what we would want done to us.
The thing about life is, there is always room to improve. Don’t beat yourself up for not being where you’d like to be right now. Who are the fools who made up the rules that you have to be at a particular place in life by a particular time. Life is about learning and growing and always improving.
Check out a past blog post I wrote about Perfecting Perfection.It’s something we will ever be doing. So if growing is something we will always be doing why put so much pressure on ourselves to do it now.
As I move through my hard times with acceptance and compassion. I have been able to find the joy again in the things I used to find joy in… and I hope you can too.