The Creed - Compassion

This post talks about one attribute of The Firekeepers Creed.  But the entire creed consists of five attributes.  Just as a hand works by using all its fingers, the Creed works by using all five attributes.  I strongly ask and encourage you to read all the articles in this series.  They are:

The Creed - Compassion
The Creed - Compassion

You can have it all, but if you don’t have compassion, you’re just an a***hole.

Right?

Right.

You can be wealthy, fit, charming, intelligent, creative, disciplined, and responsible -- but if you’re not compassionate, you’re a dirty, lowdown dog.

You know what I mean.

Have you met people like that? It's disturbing. So much potential, and so frustrating. It's a condition of the heart that can't be learned from a book.

Compassion is what makes us human.

Or as that big animal society organization puts it: humane.

Compassion is the mark of human nobility.

Now, I like to think we humans have a nobility about us. Nothing to do with title, bloodlines or social standing.

I’m talking about that power to change the feel of a room just by your presence.

A human being has presence. I have it, you have it.

That’s spiritual authority. That’s the power of nobility.

And a true noble acts with compassion. There’s even a name for it.

Noblesse oblige nō-ˈbles-ə-ˈblēzhthe obligation of honorable, generous, and responsible behavior associated with high rank or birth.

This kind of honorable, generous, and responsible behavior is the result of compassion. It's feeling another person's situation, their circumstances and challenges.

It's feeling what the other person feels simply because they're human and so are you.

Compassion is the mark of human nobility.

It has the capacity to behold another’s spirit as one’s own.

We don’t behold things much these days.

We check things out. As in, “Check out this meme.”

To behold something is to allow yourself to be affected by it at a soul level. To not stand apart, but to hold it in your spirit so that it can touch you, and seep into your pores and alter you.

To have compassion means to give a damn, to care how it goes down, to step up and say it matters to you.

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. - Elie Wiesel

But the compassion I’m talking about is not the angst-ridden variety. It’s not overly sympathetic, and it doesn’t lose itself in others.  It doesn't go around getting torn up over every pitiable sight.

It has the capacity to behold another’s spirit as one’s own.

But it doesn't get taken over or engulfed by another’s spirit.

Pay mind to your own life, your own health, and wholeness. A bleeding heart is of no help to anyone if it bleeds to death. - Frederick Buechner

I fiercely protect my heart’s compassion.

If compassion is what makes us human, then losing our compassion makes us inhuman.

If we lose that, there won’t be anything left to fight for.

That is the scariest, most serious loss of all.

Don’t let your heart be hardened.

Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury ... it is essential for human survival. - Dalai Lama

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

-- Just wanted to share two occurrences that dovetailed with this week's post.

1) Valentine's Day. When planning to post one attribute of the Firekeepers Creed per week, I didn't even realize the love day would match up with the Compassion post week. Kinda cool.

2) Not cool: I got walloped with a mean cold and so did my partner, Siena. Our Valentine's Day was spent sleeping, coughing, sniffling and eating soup.  But we took care of each other in cozy compassion.

Live the Creed.

-Toast

The Creed - Compassion
The Creed - Compassion