It can be difficult to understand what being compassionate really means. Of course you feel sorry for someone when they get hurt or become sick. But being compassionate means doing a little more than just ‘feeling’ something.
People who are known to be compassionate follow through on the way they feel about a particular situation. This can be seen when someone decides to go all out and raise money for a certain cause or charity. While we see many celebrities do this, numerous other people do the same thing and start working with an organization.
You may have seen someone walking across part of the country to raise money for cancer or another foundation. They are doing this because they are compassionate about the cause. This could be because they were directly impacted by this. Maybe a loved one didn’t survive their battle with cancer and this is their way of showing compassion for others going through the same situation.
While these examples could be seen on the more extreme side, there are other ways to show compassion. In fact, numerous employers are helping their employees by showing compassion.
With so many families having both parents work, things like daycare can be difficult to find and can be expensive. Some employers now offer daycare on their premises. This allows the parents to drop off their children without driving across town. Plus it means that they can visit their child on their lunch break or be available if they suddenly get sick.
As you can see from this example showing compassion is not that difficult. The next time someone you care about gets sick. Instead of just saying sorry or hoping that they get better soon. See if there is something physical that you could do for them.
This might include picking up a few groceries for them or even contacting a long distance relative for them. When you are doing this you are showing the person that you really do care about their situation and actually take some type of action to help them.
The same applies in your business. If your customer or client is having an issue see if there is a way you can help them out. They may be stuck with something that you find easy to do, so why not offer to help them through it? Your act of kindness will certainly not go un-noticed.