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Middah (character trait) focus: Compassion

Note: I will be Counting the Omer for a total of 49 days, from Passover to Shavuot or from Slavery to Freedom.  For many, this is simply the Counting the Omer; for me, it is a time to actively reflect on different middot (character traits) that will lead me to my own rebirth.

Lately I have been absolutely intrigued with the notion of what it means to be in a place of compassion.  And sometime in the last week, I finally got it; I finally realized what compassion is to me and perhaps this is universal.

  1. Compassion is caring at a core level whether you know the person or not.
  2. Compassion is being sensitive to others’ realities even if you can’t relate to them.
  3. Compassion is taking the time to make a difference in someone’s life just because they need physical or emotional support.
  4. Compassion is realizing that you might not be able to help, but if you could you would.

I have been struggling with what it means to be compassionate for what feels like forever.  And then I realized there are people in my life as well as strangers that I care for deeply; I am profoundly sad that they are struggling and navigating hard times.  While I may care deeply, I am beginnning to realize that caring is not necessarily the same thing as love.  I am not sure why, but that realization has been a lightbulb moment for me.

May each of us be blessed to recieve compassion when we need it and to give compassion when others are in need.







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