Life Is A Rocky Road-Three Paths To Compassion

Life Is A Rocky Road-Three Paths To Compassion

I learned long ago that everyone is going through something. Life is a rocky road and everyone needs compassion and prayer through life’s bumps. Some roads have boulders and some roads have pebbles. No matter how large your problem, no matter how large the rocks are in your road, there are others who need a lift.

Everyone is going through something. Everyone travels down a rocky road. There are three paths to finding compassion and a smoother road to travel.

Life Is A Rocky Road-Three Paths To Compassion

Yes, you are not alone in this. Everyone is going through something. You may not have a clue what that something is. It is important to remember this when you don’t understand something, when you can’t comprehend someone’s why. When you don’t get the why of their action taken. You may find yourself thinking they are crazy or ridiculous.  You may get mad at their actions.

Try to remember you may not know the entire story. Chances are, you do not know the story at all. There may be a good reason. Their road traveled may not be as smooth, as it seems to you.

Life Is A Rocky Road-Three Paths To Compassion

Have compassion for others

Have compassion, no matter what is happening with those you love. Try to have compassion with those you know. With strangers, and those passing on your road.

I need to tell myself this daily, as well.

“True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.” -Daniel Goleman

Empathy and compassion for others is a true gift.  If you have it, use it, and help others see the need for it. Kindness goes a long way.  You can fuel yourself and others by giving it freely.

Life Is A Rocky Road-Three Paths To Compassion

Put others first through prayer

Another thing I learned, the best way to make yourself feel better, is to pray for others. Putting others before yourself is a brilliant way to clear your own path. When we dwell on our own problems, sometimes the situation grows. The stress grows.  The panic.  Your blood pressure.

All these are negatives to your body.

No matter your direction, thinking and praying about others takes the focus off yourself and your own problems.

We can look around and always find others that are feeling worse.  There is always someone going through something worse than us. The roads they travel are rockier than ours. Pray for them.  Hold them up and the benefits will be tri-fold. You will benefit, as well as the other.  And, this will make God so happy.

When your spouse is diagnosed with cancer, your life is turned upside down. You focus on him and your own family. Being diagnosed with cancer is about as bad as it gets. Until you hear of a friend losing her child from cancer.

The focus has now changed directions. You now forget about yourself and pray for the family that lost their sweet girl.

This is the perfect example of looking around and finding others who need more prayer than yourself.  This is when I go to prayer for others. Someone always needs Him more than I do.  I pray for those and try to stop thinking of myself.

Go that-a-way and you will feel your load get lighter.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” -Plato

Life Is A Rocky Road-Three Paths To Compassion

Don’t worry-be prayerful

Worry does no good.  Worry is not good for anyone.  It causes stress and keeps you focused on the problem, not the solution. Being worried, self- absorbed, is hard on your entire body.  Free yourself of the burden.

Rather than worrying about your situation, talk to God about it.  He loves to listen to our problems. He loves to help us, just like we want to help our own children.  Give God your problem and let it go.  Sometimes that is easier said than done.  I know this.  I also know if you give your problems to God, rather than making yourself sick over them, your problem will find its answer.  Your load will lighten.  Your worry will lesson. Your road will be a less bumpy one.

He will lighten your burden and your road will be easier traveled. He will remove some of those boulders causing your pathway to be impassable. You will soon be on the road to smiles.

When we do turn to God with our worries, He gives us clarity, a new direction and strength. He will give us the courage to continue our travels down life’s roads. This, too, makes Him happy.  He wants to help us with our troubles.  He longs for it.

Life Is A Rocky Road-Three Paths To Compassion

Basically, we all need to have compassion.  Kindness.  We all need to put others first and take it all to God.

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I hope for you a smooth road.  If your path becomes laden with boulders, I hope you pray through them. I hope for you compassion for others. Pray through life’s rocky roads–yours and others. I hope you pray for smooth passages for others. I pray so.

love and blessings~dd

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I am a late-in-life journalist that is God-fearing, husband-loving, with three beautiful grown children. I love my dogs, my family and my friends. I love traveling and am also in the process of discovering Waco, after living 20 minutes away since 1998; it is about time! My goal is to grow and push myself daily.

2 thoughts on “Life Is A Rocky Road-Three Paths To Compassion”

  1. Beautifully written Dedra. Comforting words as our community prays for the Stephen’s family 💔. Blessings to your family and your husband’s journey to wellness.

    1. Thank you, Diane. She is why my heart is grey today. I can’t even believe it. She was an amazing fighter and bold young women. We were blessed to know her, weren’t we? Praying for John and Brenda and the boys, and everyone she touched. Thanks for reading and your kind words.

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