Having compassion is not a weakness. Compassion for another can give strength in the most desperate times.
According to the Merriam- Webster Dictionary, compassion is a sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.
Those last few words are key: “…a desire to alleviate it.”
When we feel compassion for those who are in need, we want to fix it… We should fix it... We can fix it!
Harness your compassion and fulfill your desire to alleviate it. If someone says, “No, there’s nothing you can do,” don’t believe them. Help change the world by making sure it never happens again.
Compassion can urge us to host a spaghetti dinner to raise money for a friend in need or plan a food drive for a local homeless shelter or even run for a political office to change a town.
If your eyes start to well up when you hear Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” on the TV because you know those sad animals are coming on next (Pam's do every time), then take that compassion, those tears, and turn them into passion. Start volunteering at local animal rescues or maybe start a drive to benefit your local shelter.
Don’t think of your compassion for others as weakness. Pam is crybaby. She admits it. If you cry, she’ll cry too. She needs to take ownership of her tears, her compassion, and use them to fuel her drive to help those in need.
Instead of whipping tears away and hiding them from others, wear your heart on your sleeve, as they say, and show others just how compassionate you are. That you share their pain and you're going to do all I can to stop it.
Next time your eyes start to water, don’t wipe them away before people notice. Let them fall. Show your compassion for others and strive to alleviate the problem!