No really good things can happen without compassion.
Without compassion you can not listen without your guilded nonsense – otherwise known as the opinions, justifications, and filters that warn you of impending danger. Danger, in a conversation, just isn’t bad the way getting slapped in the face is.
How can you really see someone or hear what they are saying through your nonsense? Wanting to totally be a really spectacular friend, spouse, co-worker, etc. means actively putting your nonsense to the side and being present. Powerful listening is an action of compassion and vision beyond real value, sacrificing our nonsense allows for understanding and building a trusting foundation. It says “I’m a strong person and I get you.”
Love is being able to set aside your nonsense and be with another, willing to be vulnerable and real. Let’s up our compassion, especially for those we would tend to judge or avoid. That is one action that can make a humongous impact.
Who will you exercise your compassion muscle with today?