We are all warriors worthy of compassion

Second thought of the day, courtesy of Scottish author and theologian Ian Maclaren (a.k.a. Reverend John Watson):

Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

It may appear, on the outside, that the people around you have it all together, that the events of their lives flow along smoothly with nary a ripple to disturb the surface of their perfect and enviable outer calm. Not so. Everyone has issues, obstacles and challenges in their lives. Everyone.

Unless you walk in a person’s shoes, it is impossible to know exactly what hardships he or she is battling under the surface of his or her everyday facade: illness, job woes, difficult or abusive relationships, self-confidence issues, family problems, financial turmoil, etc. So be kind to the folks around you, whether they smile at you or snap. Like you, they are simply making their best effort to survive and thrive.

A little compassion goes a long way under such circumstances.

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