I believe that all living things are worthy of respect. This core belief, which includes plants, animals, trees, bodies of water, stone, and the air, as well as people, informs my daily actions.
Respect does not require anyone else to change. Respect, expressed as an act of compassion, is something I do because it feels right. It feels as though I am bringing the world a little more into alignment. That’s an excellent feeling.
Sometimes, it is offering my seat to a parent juggling a toddler.
Sometimes, it’s creating a loud distraction when I see kids ganging up on someone.
Sometimes, it’s simply meeting the eyes of the people on the streets asking for change.
Sometimes I’m attending a beach clean up or taking a moment to whisper a prayer for an animal that’s been run over or soothing someone’s tears and offering a tissue and a hug.
Moments when I can act out of compassion are everywhere. Compassion is not something that has to be earned; everyone is worthy. By your existence, you are worthy of compassion, and so is everyone else.
How have you given and received compassion?