At a workshop yesterday, focused on “Creating the Caring Community,” we encountered this wisdom from David Brandon (in Zen in the Art of Helping), “Compassion means giving people room; opening doors rather than closing them; asking questions rather than giving answers.”
Compassion is more than giving people food or a hug when they are down, although surely that is part of compassion.
Compassion means letting, and helping, people be themselves and express themselves, helping them do the things that are their deepest heart’s desire.
And God wants us to extend that compassion to ourselves, too.
We, and the entire creation, are worth our compassion. In doing and being that compassion, we follow the example of God.