Saturday, September 6, 2008

Who says I don't have compassion?

Recently Larry and I have spent a good amount of time talking and joking about compassion, and maybe my lack of it. I wonder how much compassion a person should have. Is there some kind of a “compassionometer” that we need to be living up to? I understand that I tend not to show compassion as much as many people, especially if compassion is measured by flowery verbage. Don’t get me wrong. I can tear up with the best of them when I hear a story that tugs at my heartstrings. (In fact, for about 35 years my eyes were moist more than they were dry.) I fear I have taught my daughters through my example in this area of non-compassion. I know some of my sons-in-law complain about their respective wives not showing a high level of compassion. Just this week Larry stubbed his toe before he went to work. He hobbled to the sofa, sat there while vocally reaffirming how much pain he was in. Finally he motioned to me with his hand and said, “Come here and give me a hug. I need some compassion.” You guessed it, I just stood there watching him try and figure out what to do with the pain. In my head I was probably thinking something like this: “Well, get your shoes and socks on. You’ll be late for work. And besides, I need to start my WiiFit exercising.” Or maybe, "If you had had your shoes and socks on this wouldn't have happened." In other words, buck up and deal with it. I hope those who know me well do see the compassion and sympathy that I show. And just for the record, Larry tells me I am very compassionate. But we have sure had some good laughs over this topic.


Michelle said...

I would say you are more compassionate than not which makes me wonder where some of my sisters got their lack of extreme compassion like you mentioned. You probably have a good level. The people who baby every situation and each of their children, etc. drive me crazy but when people don't feel bad for others when something bad has happened makes me mad too. It is a funny topic though...hope Larry's feeling better by now!

Carlee Hoopes said...

I think we all show compassion in different ways. For me, I'm not good at showing sympathy and I'm not very compassionate when Kory is sick or tired. But, if I know he's had a rough day I will cook him a good meal. LOL. Kory and I have definitely had conversations about my lack of compassion before. I don't know what to do about it. Sometimes I just want to say "buck up," but that wouldn't be very nice, would it? I'm a horrible person I've just decided.

Michelle said...

The funny thing is that I can just picture my dad whil he was "vocally reaffirming how much pain he was in" and I can just about imagine what he was saying. I am guessing he wasn't saying "oh shucky-darn".

My husband sometimes accuses me of not having enough compassion. Perhaps we can never have enough.