We are all traveling our own paths during our lifetimes, and, even though they tend to converge with others constantly, they are still our own unique journeys. Those of us who manage to become somewhat enlightened during the journey soon realize that the most important lessons are learned, not at the end of the journey, but all along the way.
Compassion, kindness and forgiveness are not easily learned. We have to fight against our egos and our own selfish natures. Some of us are born with a loving and compassionate nature, and for those of us who are, life can be very challenging as we are in turn surrounded by those who need us, or those who would take advantage of us. It can be difficult, sometimes, to tell the difference, and, because we tend to want to help, we sometimes have trouble walking the fine line between helping, or enabling someone to continue negative behavior.
Some very famous people have said that acting towards others with compassion and kindness is the most positive way to live life, not to mention the “pass it forward” effect it can have. Most of us are familiar with the phrase, “Do unto others, as you would have done unto you.” Amazingly, there are many who still do not truly understand the meaning of that phrase. Of the three, forgiveness is many times the most difficult to master. Our own emotions tend to get in the way, and it takes an extremely unique soul to manage forgiveness for the most heinous acts, not to mention self forgiveness.
The best thing we can do for each other while we are walking our individual life paths is to remember that we are taking our journeys together. A helping hand of compassion, kindness and forgiveness will make our difficult journeys that much easier.