Love and compassion don’t at all have to make us weak or lead us to losing discernment and vision. We just have to learn how to find them. And see, in truth, what they bring us. Sharon Salzberg
Make no judgments where you have no compassion. Anne McCaffrey

Compassion and judgement are the sides of a coin I’ve been tossing the last two weeks. I’ve found public expressions of compassion often lead to assumptions of weakness or that lack of discernment mentioned above—as if only those viewed as worthy/unlucky/wronged deserve compassion. But what is gained if we only lend compassion to those who “deserve” it? And how does lack of compassion affect judgement and thus action if only given when easy? I don’t know the answers, but I’m guessing the struggle is worth my time, especially if the struggle keeps me from assuming I know best!

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