We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked, and homeless. The property of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. –Mother Teresa
So what can compassion look like in our everyday lives? Perhaps it simply starts with caring for the people we encounter every day.
Here is a good way to begin: Turn off your phone. While smartphones give us fast access to information, we can’t be fully present with another person if we’re splitting our attention with a screen. So try powering down for at least an hour a day. Put away your phone and focus on conversations with people. Ask good questions and listen to the answers. Find out how people are hurting and offer compassionate words of encouragement and healing.