Plato said: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” Indeed!
It seems everyone in life is suffering somehow, whether the pain is physical, mental, or emotional.
We are all alike in that way—we all hurt.
If you can reach out and ease another’s suffering, even for a moment, that person—even a stranger—may remember the kind gesture the rest of their life.
Simple acts of compassion will be remembered forever.
- A simple gesture of thoughtfulness, such as remembering someone’s birthday with a card and bunch of flowers to say “You’re special.”
- Helping an older person off the bus, or to cross a busy road.
- Giving up your seat for the elderly, and pregnant women.
- Offering small change when someone doesn’t have quite enough to board the bus, or pay a ticket machine.
- Offering space under your umbrella when a freak shower drenches people in the street.
- Offering a hug to a colleague when they are upset, and telling them: “I don’t know what to say, but I’m here for you.“
- Don’t judge others harshly, and learn to see yourself in them. Your broad and compassionate attitude will shine through your demeanor, voice, and eyes. People will find your presence soothing and supportive.
- Give, donate, and be generous. Anne Frank wrote in her diary: “Nobody ever became poor through giving.”
- Help around the house. The people who are the closest are usually the ones we overlook. They need our help too!
- Help, but don’t control. Giving people space and time is like saying: “I recognize that you have the strength and wisdom to work this out on your own.”