It is almost pitch black…
…I’m lying on the top bunk while my younger brother is lying on the bottom. He cannot sleep, and so he is crying. Because he is crying, I cannot sleep. And so I am crying. My mom enters the room to tend to us. How I love her. The parallelogram of hallway light creeps in as the door grows more and more open. I see her bend down as she approaches the bottom bunk to comfort Nick.
After that, the rest is blank.
“com” - root meaning: “with”
“passion” - root word is passus, meaning: “pain, suffering”
To share in someone’s pain, to suffer with them - this is the true and literal meaning of compassion. None of us really know that it means so much more than just “feeling bad.”
To have passion for something means that without it, we would experience pain and suffering. With that said, I think it’s safe to say that our friends are something we’re passionate for. So shouldn’t we have compassion for those which we’re passionate for? I certainly think so.
A Word About Sharing…
So here’s something that struck me as pretty powerful.
The other day I was eating these awesome, juicy apple slices. I know, random. Then when my mom asked for some, I was like “sure,” and I gave her a piece. But when she asked for another, and yet another, I found myself getting incredibly irritated. I simply told her, “But these are sooo good. I’ve already given you some,” and I went on to finish my delicious fruit.
To my surprise, she was awfully upset. “Why?” I thought to myself. I mean, I had already given her a good bit of this abnormally awesome apple. Shouldn’t she be thankful that I had given some to her in the first place? I didn’t realize what the problem was - until she responded to what I had said.
“Because it’s so good, shouldn’t you want to share it? So others can taste how good it is?” It hadn’t struck me then, but looking back, isn’t that deep??
Ladies and gentlemen, we share for the wrong reasons. We shouldn’t share because it’s “nice,” or because you feel good about doing it, or even because it’s the right thing to do. We should share because: we should want others to know how awesome whatever it is that we’re keeping to ourselves. Be selfless when others are selfish, spread the love, you na mean?
So do yourself a favor, next time you are really enjoying something, give it to the friend you next come across, so that he can really enjoy it. Instead of giving others stuff you don’t like, save it for yourself and give others the stuff you love.
Ladies and Gentleman this is where I will share my awesome and important thoughts with ya’ll. I’d be excited if I were you.