“Compassion is understanding and caring when someone is hurt or troubled, even if you don’t know them. It is wanting to help, even if all you can do is listen and say kind words. You forgive mistakes. You are a friend when someone needs a friend.”


I recently had a really amazing experience of compassion. I was hit by another vehicle and forced by the impact over into another lane- I was so fortunate to have crossed the lane without hitting anyone or getting hit and was able to keep control of my car and pull off onto the shoulder of the road. After stopping on the shoulder a young man named Jake came over to ask me if I was ok. He said he saw the accident and that it was clearly not my fault. He said he wanted to make sure I was ok. He also knew that the driver at fault was hostile and yelling at me to say that I was speeding and ran into him… Not only did Jake stay around to have a conversation with me, he also stayed about an hour until the police arrived so that he could give them a statement.

Talk about compassion and a willingness to help. It was incredibly thoughtful for this stranger to make time for me and to help me the way he did. For me its a perfect opportunity to reflect- how am I compassionate, where to I help others. I definitely have things I give my time to  and I volunteer quite a bit, but I think Ill be more aware of unplanned opportunities to make a difference.

Thanks Jake! You were my angel and I appreciate what you did!

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