My auntie this week passed on a card to me called The Compassion Project. Not because she thought I needed to practice it (I hope!), but because she read some of it to me and I asked her if I could have it. It listed five steps that we should all try to practice to enrich our lives and those of others.
I feel like I have been trying to follow these steps my whole life... when someone was mean to me; when I felt I didn't trust a person for no apparent reason; when I was trying to understand a friend's hurtful behaviour.
"Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness in his/her life."
I won't preach, but I do hope. I hope that all of us will practice compassion and look at others as friends and companions; even the ones who hurt us. They don't mean to. And even if they do, practice compassion anyway.
It's such a beautiful gift.