Bumps in the Road
Compassion and Sympathy
Compassion is a noun meaning:
1-Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it, and
2-The humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it.
However, compassion also empowers, supports, and comforts. It does not smother or cushion.Doesn’t blame others for the circumstances that we find ourselves, but shows us it is our reactions
to such circumstances that matter most.
Compassion challenges us to maximize our potential strengths.
Sympathy is a noun meaning:
1. a.A relationship or an affinity between people or things in which whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other.
b. Mutual understanding or affection arising from this relationship or affinity.
2.a. The act or power of sharing the feelings of another.
b. A feeling or an expression of pity or sorrow for the distress of another; compassion or commiseration. Often used in the plural.
3. Harmonious agreement; accord: He is in sympathy with their beliefs.
4. A feeling of loyalty; allegiance. Often used in the plural: His sympathies lie with his family.
5. Physiology A relation between parts or organs by which a disease or disorder in one induces an effect in the other.
Sympathy allows us to play the victim role. It indulges us in self-pity and can Stifle by permitting us to remain
where we are.Sympathy tempts us to escape reality rather than face it.