“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
This past week my grandmother (Abuela as we called her) passed away. As I reflect on her life and who she was to me, I think about one of the greatest lessons she has taught me: compassion.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”
— Wendy Mass
I have seen this quote floating around Facebook, but how many of us really practice it? I know one person who did – my Abuela. She recognized that no one was perfect, that others had hard things they were dealing with and was kind to them, even when they were almost impossible to deal with. She had a lot of patience with people because she had a lot of compassion for them. She bore all things, believed all things, hoped all things, endured all things. Her love never failed. She had so much compassion, because she had so much love in her soul. This was my Abuela.
Paying Tribute By How I Choose to Love
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. As I continue to grieve the loss of such an amazing woman and reflect on her life, I am trying to pay tribute to her the best way that I can-by imitation. I find myself asking, who in my life can I decide to be compassionate towards that drives me crazy, that has hurt me, or that I find hard to be with?
How about you? Is there someone in your life you could extend this mercy towards as well?