Mattering, Life Skills

Everyone wants to matter.

I don’t care how you slice it, at the end of the day, every human being seeks to matter to someone else, to several others, to the world. We all want recognition for living, for existing, for just being ourselves.

And no, not everyone wants to be famous.

But everyone wants to be seen. It’s natural. It’s part of being human in this thing we call life.

But we are failing. All of us. To each other. We’ve lost the real ability to feel someone else’s suffering and actually care about them. To do something for them.

Here’s a reminder:

Compassion, the actual word itself means “to suffer together”. 

The Latin root word, “passion” is derived from passus, or “pati” which means “to suffer”.

The prefix “com” means “with”. 

Compassion literally means to suffer with.  

Compassion has an action element to it. You need to actually care about another human being. And most of us, do not unless it impacts us personally, or our families.

Work on compassion today by answering the questions:

What does it mean to me to be a compassionate person?

How can I be a compassionate person today?   

Remind someone else what it means. Maybe together, just by spreading the reminder, we can bring back a much-needed part of this human experience we call life.   

This has been a Public Service Announcement.

Thank you for stopping by,


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2 thoughts on “Mattering, Life Skills

  1. Public Service Announcement?

    Done with lots of compassion.

    Good article. I felt warm and kinda fuzzy like I was a kid again remembering what it was like to want to help someone in a wheelchair when I first saw them. That’s my earliest recollection of compassion.

    Thanks for the reminder . . .

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