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It Should be.

on December 16, 2018

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Compassion isn’t cool anymore…or so it seems.

Very few of the people listed in TIME’s Most Influential of 2018 are known for charitable work, or serve as role models. Who’s getting followed by millions on social media? Movie stars and singers, political figures who name call via tweets, online celebrities whose only quality seems to be performing outlandish stunts.

And it makes me weary.

Deflecting the course humor about the #MeToo movement, about the Wall intended to keep out people — people seeking hope on new soil, and openly derisive attitudes about anyone who doesn’t fit the consumer market ideal (tall, thin, blond, athletic, blissfully happy heterosexual couple with Abercrombie dressed toddler walking through park with Labrador type family), yes, this brings me down.

Now, I do like Labradors and Abercrombie’s clothes (can’t buy them, they’re too expensive, but I like them), and I have fantasized meeting Mr. Wonderful and having those walks in the park, but…

Let me get back on track here

The meaning of compassion is to recognize and have concern for the suffering of others.

It’s a virtue.

In any country, in any language, it’s described as a virtue. It involves an empathetic response and an altruistic behavior. It’s not pity.

My well is low on witnessing compassion at work, hence the reason I haven’t been able to post much. I’ve been hearing, and I mean literally, more “I have to look out for me” or “Don’t worry about getting that for them, they’re going back to surgery soon”.

I ignore it. I do what feels right to me.

I am so grateful for all who read my posts, give me feedback, or share experiences.

I’m going to open my eyes wider. There are angels among us at work, I know there are, and I need this blog to continue to be a place to share positive and / or humorous experiences. That is my New Year’s resolution.

Thank you for reading this!


6 responses to “It Should be.

  1. Jackie says:

    Bravo for you! You sound like an amazing person,and compassionate in your work. I would if I land in day surgery care I would get someone as kind as you! Keep looking for the good, it’s out there even if its buried under the self absorption of the many!

    • Susan says:

      Thank you! I’m struggling a little. Teamwork in nursing is vital. The system should develop a class to help some divert their toxic attitude away from the work setting😉

  2. You are an amazing and uplifting soul and much respect and appreciation for you being you, ☮️

  3. Ellen Hawley says:

    I could be wrong, but my theory is that when compassion runs low in professions that are all about caring (an my partner was a family therapist before she retired, so I had time to observe), it’s a sign that the system’s under strain–and often coming apart at the seams.

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