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Katie Maricle - Compassion is...

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Follow the Pursuit of Compassion.

Katie Maricle - Compassion is...

Chris Eder

Katie  Maricle is a former broadcast journalist student of mine...and dare I say friend!  She had one hell of a 2013...and not in a good way.  She was looking for something to blog about the other day...so I mentioned, why not "Compassion."  This is what she wrote. - Chirs

Katie Maricle is a Broadcast Journalist in the US. Air Force.  She by her on admission is addicted to binge-watching dramas on ABC and eating chips and salsa. Oh, and dance parties. She loves dance parties. 

Katie Maricle is a Broadcast Journalist in the US. Air Force.  She by her on admission is addicted to binge-watching dramas on ABC and eating chips and salsa. Oh, and dance parties. She loves dance parties. 

I decided to reach out to my Facebook and Twitter friends in an effort to get a little inspiration for this next post.

I received great ideas, such as taking bets on how many times I will change my hair style – we can discuss this topic after I go get my hair colored this weekend – to Beyoncé – go buy her new album because it’s freakin’ fantastic – to my plan for 2014 – I will let you know when I figure that out myself.

Then, a professional mentor and friend of mine asked that I help him with his New Year’s Project. I couldn’t be happier to assist.

First off, go visit his website at Mala For Vets. It’s epic and he’s doing a lot of great work for folks who deal with Post Traumatic Stress. You can even enter to win a mala for yourself — but back off the yellow one. I want the yellow one.

So, what is today’s topic?

Compassion.

Let’s define it according to Merriam-Webster.

compassion – a sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it

Hey! That’s what I was in desperate need of for practically all of 2013!

I was on the receiving end of oodles and oodles of compassion when I lost my dad last April (for those wondering – two types of cancer) and it brought me out of some really dark times. Whenever I am sad, or something bad happens in my world, it’s the compassion of my loved ones that helps me to carry on.

But, that’s not what compassion is about. 

Oh yeah, I said it.

Compassion is not about receiving. Compassion is about giving.

DuhThanks, dictionary.

I have been the recipient of more compassion than I could ever dream of. So 2014 — no, my entire life — should be about giving compassion to those who need it. Chances are, if someone I know is struggling in any way, I can help, because chances are, I’ve been there.

Hey now — what if I haven’t been there? What if someone I don’t know is struggling? Easy — I can offer myself through God’s love, service, and selflessness.

I have a saying on a post-it (I keep it fancy in my home) that I keep on my door — “Be an example of God’s love every time you walk outside this home.” Not every other time. Every. Single. Time. I must know where I came from, what I had to get through to be here, and most importantly, I must know that someone out there is struggling, and is in need of the compassion that I have received in my life.

I leave you with a challenge — this weekend, be compassionate to a total stranger. It’s easier than you think. Get creative with it. Be the change you want to see in the world. And afterwards, celebrate by blasting Beyoncé’s album.Seriously you guys, I cannot stress how amazing this album is.

Read more of Katie's musings on her blog! The Miraculous Mediocrity.