How many times have we gotten into arguments with our friends, families, colleagues and enemies where we don’t get defensive but rather just listen to what they have to say?
How many times do we beat ourselves up for not being pretty, or smart or successful or ambitious enough?
There is a difference between being self-pitying and truly compassionate towards oneself and others.
I leave it to the venerable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr himself to describe what compassion is…
Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.
By reading his powerful words, maybe we can all learn listen to our enemy whether he is within or staring right at us.
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