“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”- Maya Angelou. This refers to the fact that life is successful when you have lived it and cared for somebody else. How this would be successful is you making a great impact on another person by showing your love and attention towards them. You make an impact that will stay in that person’s memory forever because you showed them true compassion that they will never forget. It takes a special person to show compassion but anyone can show it. It’s not something that you need to practice for or to qualify for, it’s a gift and you should use it.
When I was around the age of nine my family and I took a trip to Tibet. Even though I didn’t grow up in Tibet my dad did, and I know a little bit about it from my dad telling me. I know that Tibet is a wonderful place to sight see, to visit temples and to eat delicious food. One day we went to a place to eat and we saw a poor women and her two children sitting at a table. They seemed like they hadn’t eaten for days and me and my family felt bad for them. As we walked into the place we ordered some dumplings and tea. After we were done eating, we had some extra dumplings left over and me and my family didn’t feel like finishing it. So then I looked around and I heard a baby crying, I looked at the direction of where that women was because it was coming from there and it was one of her children crying. I thought that the child was crying because he was hungry. The reason why I thought of that was he looked skinny and he seemed weak. I looked at my family and I told them that we should give them our dumplings, they agreed. I walked over there with the bowl of dumplings and I placed it on their table. At first the women seemed speechless, but I told her that it was for her and her children to eat. I could tell by her eyes that she was really tired but she smiled anyways and said, “Thank you.” I then went back to my family. As we were about to leave, my dad glanced over at the women and her two children, he told me to come with him to buy more dumplings and two cups of tea for them. We walked over towards them and we placed the food and the drinks onto their table the women was pleased, she said, “Thank you” many times. She also said, “Long life” in Tibetan. I was surprised! I almost wanted to cry, because when she said that it really made me feel like I changed her life. I showed her my compassion by giving her and her two children food that no one else did and she was happy. This made me happy because I made a difference in someone else’s life by using compassion.
I can never forget that day because it really touched my heart and the words that she said. That day I learned the true meaning of compassion, what it means to me is living from our hearts. Our hearts do not have room for pity, fear or judgment. Our hearts should be filled with love and kindness towards others. It is one of our parts of humanity that continues to grow, if we allow it to be open to all that is possible.
Why can’t we all show compassion? What can you do to show compassion? Can you listen to a friend in trouble or extend a helping hand perhaps? Compassion according to Merriam Webster’s dictionary is, “Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” Dalai Lama said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” We all want to be happy in our lives and by being happy we have to show compassion towards others. Even if it’s the smallest thing you can do it still makes a big difference because the more warmhearted you are the more compassion you show and you feel greater in your own sense of being.
Spring Lake Park High School