Compassion cultivates selflessness within me.

I am a kind person, fully capable of loving others. I stir up compassion within me because it is a gift that rewards the giver as much as the recipient.

My heart rejoices with those who rejoice and mourns with those who mourn. I have the ability to place myself in others' shoes in order to have a clearer understanding of what they are going through.

Instead of feeling sorry for those who are hurting, I practice compassion by actively turning my empathy into action. I do more than simply sympathize with others; I do what I can to become part of the solution.

As I focus on helping others, I feel the stress of my own life begin to shrink. The once seemingly insurmountable hurdles before me are reduced to the size of a single step I can simply walk over when I put others first.

Practicing compassion is the antidote to selfishness. I seize every opportunity to show compassion. I am eager to contribute my time and strength to organizations in need of volunteers because true joy comes from doing something for others.

Because compassion is my habit, my eyes are open to the needs around me. Instead of only responding when I am asked for help, I go out of my way to offer help when I see a need.

Today, I choose to pause long enough to notice the hurt someone else is feeling. I let go of selfishness by taking the focus off of myself and putting my empathy into action.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. How do I feel when I help others?
2. Is someone around me in need of my help?
3. When was the last time I volunteered my time?

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