As we begin a new year I believe it is more important than ever to put our spiritual beliefs into practice. The Guys have suggested that during 2014 we focus our attention on twelve topics, one each month, so that each of us can go deeper and extend ourselves into the world in more meaningful ways.

We have created a world that is so busy nearly everything outside of the realm of just getting through the day gets lost in the shuffle. Ideas fly in and out of our conscious awareness so fast we hold on to very little. This year make a commitment to yourself to stay focused on fewer ideas, yet important ideas that can make a big difference in your life and in the lives of others.

The first topic for 2014 is compassion. Below is the definition of compassion. As we begin to examine the topic, first look closely at the definition, its synonyms and its antonyms as well.

com·pas·sion

noun
1. a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
2. Archaic. to compassionate.
Origin:
1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French ) < Late Latin compassiōn-  (stem of compassiō ). See com-,passion

Synonyms
1. commiseration, mercy, tenderness, heart, clemency. See sympathy.

Antonyms
1. mercilessness, indifference.

Let this meaning soak in, and then begin to take a look at compassion in your life. Keep the word in front of you throughout January. Let it become something that you reflect on each day.

This week please consider this question—Where do I find compassion easy to demonstrate and where is it most challenging?