Protection for the compassionate
” You’re not like me, Scott. You are not like any other agent,I’ve ever known, your weight is your heart”– the whisperer -‘I am pilgrim’ by Terry Hayes
What this quote means is, that a person whose weight is in his/her heart, means they are compassionate.
Compassion in a world of hatred, greed and war is often looked at as a weakness.
I relate to this quote not because I am some hard core mercenary, as “fun” a career path as it seems.
I wear my heart on my sleeve. I’ve been hurt -countless times because of my heart.
- Some people are aces
- Some people are clubs
- some people are diamonds
I can de program my mind and harden myself. I won’t do that. Compassion is a gift. It is an art.
I’m sure all you compassionate people will agree.
Unfortunately, in order to safeguard ourselves so that people won’t exploit our compassion, we need to show it in less obvious ways.
Who would try and back stab you ?
Any one who sees something in you that they haven’t realised or found in themselves.
You are even more of a threat if your inner qualities are expressed and reflected on what people see on the outside. It’s a competitive world out there.
I have learnt to not take bullshit from people.
I have struggled for years questioning why certain people are hostile or go out of their way to lap up any compliments I dish out but when it comes to bigging me up or supporting me – all I can hear are the tumbleweeds.
I know that I am not alone in this feeling.
So how can we be compassionate and protect ourselves?
Be compassionate to yourself first. A lot of people will be
have around you according to what they need and what they feel.
Your greatest threat can be dressed as your greatest allies.
Save your compassion for those who will truly appreciate it. I’ve only just started learning about how I can use my compassion without feeling left abused, drained and not acknowledged.
You will never be an equal with someone who sees you as a threat and who won’t treat you as their equal.