You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Today I am reminded of the importance of compassion. Each of us moves through life, some more easily than others, facing the challenges and obstacles and opportunities. Over time, with our responses to these trials we forge our character. Our responses to our good fortune may be as risky as our responses to ill fortune. Wherever I go, there I am. And still, I may choose to move in a different direction; each and every present moment poses a new chance for self-redemption.
And so, when we meet someone whom we do not know and is of no apparent interest to us, we must pause. Isn’t it true that this neutral person is also on his own life journey? And isn’t it possible that my choice of whether and how to interact with him may be of the utmost importance to both of us? “Choose wisely,” I remind myself. Seek to harm neither self nor other. Seek the best for all. Today, consider an intention of good will and compassion for self and others.