“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it was never about them anyway.”
The strongest people we have ever known throughout history, Mother Teresa, Joan of Arc, Queen Elizabeth the first, Martin Luther King Jr, Abe Lincoln, all had one thing in common…compassion. In our society, compassion, or being sensitive has always been deemed a weakness. Why? Because others have been able to take advantage of the weak in the past. However, being compassionate, sensitive and understanding are all strengths; they just have to be viewed as such, by you, and used as such, by you.
So what makes one person “strong” and another “weak” according to our social stereotypes? Why do people consider being kind, nice, sensitive a weakness?
Because history has also shown us that the weak get taken advantage of, so anything we consider a weakness makes us vulnerable to the more ruthless people of the world. But being sensitive, understanding, compassionate should not be considered a weakness by our society or by you, and it can become your greatest strength if you know how to use it correctly.
Compassion is all about being in tune to those around you: putting yourself in someone else’s (everyone else’s) shoes. When you are able to do that, you can connect to people on a much higher level and they will want to connect to you. That is powerful. Being understanding of the plight of others puts you in a position to offer them what they need, and in the business world, that is a great asset to have.
Being sensitive means you are able to pick up on the subtle shifts in our world, in another human being, in yourself; again, a powerful asset to have. We tend to look at these qualities in completely the wrong way even ourselves. People think we are “babies”, “wimps”, weak for having these traits, but we ourselves should ignore that and look at these traits as benefits, assets, strengths.
Those who do not have compassionate, understanding or sensitivity, lack the real ability to connect well with others. If you turn these traits into assets you can become a very powerful and influential person in society or the business world. Think about it.
So from now on, if you are a compassionate, sensitive, understanding person that others have taken advantage of in the past, realize that these qualities are really a strength you possess far greater than the people who are misjudging you for it. That will give you the confidence you need to put those people in their place within your mind – where it really matters.