Compassion can be Developed

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

Sample actions we could take to develop more compassion:

For the Social Area of Life, write a goal or vision statement for your best-self, such as,

When feeling disappointed in another, I pause, remember what I value in this person, and either give him “benefit of the doubt” or seek to understand what challenge has kept her from keeping a promise. If I offer empathy at a time she may feel pain, I can build trust instead of react to his reaction to pain creating a new situation for which I should ask forgiveness.


In cowboy terms, when my horse acts badly, there’s usually a horse fly or something else causing the problem–the action is not toward me, I am just in the way. Before I react, I should decide what’s the source of the problem and then help my horse with the horse fly or, if it is bad behavior, turn this into a training opportunity.


About Dr. David Dyson

Dr. David Dyson serves as author, coach, and teacher helping students and true professionals to PLAN and LEAD in LIFE. He is founder-trustee of Life Leaders America since 1988 and he is on appointment at Troy University lecturing and doing projects.
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