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Compassion is a Beautiful Thing…

 

Compassion in life
Is a beautiful thing

Sharing its beauty
Gives others their wings

Stirring love into each
Little thing that we do
Is sure to help their dreams
And our dreams come true

© Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

 

Compassion in life is a beautiful thing. But exactly what is compassion? I’ve always thought of compassion as “love in action.” After writing the poem Compassion is a Beautiful Thing…, I searched Google for a definition to share. The synonyms fit perfectly into my preconceived notion for the poem because they not only include love and mercy, each synonym requires action—stirring—on our part to metamorphose the idea of compassion into the reality of compassion.

 

Google Search:

noun: compassion; plural noun: compassions

sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.

“The victims should be treated with compassion.”

synonyms: pity, sympathy, empathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, solicitude, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity, charity

“Have you no compassion for a fellow human being?”

antonyms: indifference, cruelty

Origin Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin compassio(n-), from compati ‘suffer with.’

 

May compassion reign in our hearts and hands each day. ~ Bette A. Stevens

Enjoy more of Bette’s poetry in her new collection—MY MAINE, Haiku through the Seasons.

Stevens has released a poetry and photography collection inspired by Maine’s diverse landscape, natural beauty, rural communities, and independent people. The author’s 150 haiku poems, along with her photographs, reflect the Maine she knows and loves. My Maine, Haiku through the Seasons takes readers on a poetic journey through the state’s four distinct seasons. In addition to its poems and photographs, My Maine includes state symbols and interesting facts about The Pine Tree State.

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Comments on: "Compassion is a Beautiful Thing… (poem) by Bette A. Stevens" (82)

  1. Oh, how I love this poem, Bette! The world certainly needs more compassion going around! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Well said. We often thing a word means one thing and then find out it means many other things too.

    Have a fabulous day, Bette. ♥

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  3. Lovely and inspiring, Bette! Thank you for sharing another gem with us. Wishing you a beautiful day. xo

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  4. Beautiful poem 💕🤗

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  5. May compassion reign in our hearts and hands each day. ~ Bette A. Stevens
    LOVE IT! ♥♥♥

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  6. A fabulous and heartfelt poem, Bette!

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  7. Wouldn’t the world be a different place of compassion reigned? A beautiful poem, and a lot to think about. Thanks for sharing, Bette!💖

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  8. If we could only live your poems, Bette. Simply beautiful!

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  9. A perfect poem reflecting compassion. A nice reminder to practice compassion every day.

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  10. I love it. Oh, it is so needed these days.

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author said:

    Beautiful, Bette:) Compassion is something that is much needed now.

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  12. Thanks for your lovely poem, Bette! What I like most about “compassion” is action. 😀

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  13. A beautiful poem, Bette, and something that the world could use more of. ❤

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  14. A lovely poem with a beautiful message and great sentiments. I love it! ❤ xo

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  15. A wonderful and timely reminder to be compassionate to those around me, even when they do not deserve it.

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    • Thanks so much, Kayla Ann…It seems so simple, but so easy to set aside in the day to day trials of life. Writing about it, helps keep me accountable. Thanks for the reminder. ❤ Blessings and love, my friend.

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  16. What a beautiful message, Bette…it’s so you! ❤

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  17. Lovely thoughts Bette. Stay blessed for highlighting the beauty of compassion.

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  18. petespringerauthor said:

    Just beautiful, Bette! I think most people are inherently compassionate. I know I gravitate more toward people who regularly demonstrate this trait.

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  19. Beautiful & wise ❤

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  20. Beautiful, Bette! Gentle and thought-provoking.

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  21. Karen Ingalls said:

    A beautiful poem which every human should take to heart. Thank you for writing and sharing such a moving piece.

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  22. Deep and profound

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  23. Truly beautiful, Bette!

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  24. This is so pretty, Bette.

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  25. Jacqui Murray said:

    This is perfect for Random Acts of Kindness day, Bette. Thanks.

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  26. Beautiful, Bette. I agree with you that compassion is love in action.

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  27. How true is that! Lovely poem!

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  28. So well said Bette. Love, care and compassion should go hand in hand ♥️

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  29. A lovely poem Bette ❤️
    Compassion and kindness are such easy things to give. If only more people would do so.

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  30. Your poem on compassion is filled with love and mercy. Just what our world and millions of people need. Compassion is such an easy gift to share. I wish more people did so.

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    • Hi, Sherrey. Just clicked back from your blog (shared your wonderful “2020 Kindness” post again. May the ripples of kindness keep touching hearts and minds, my friend. ❤ Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit! xo

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  31. Extraordinary significant post, where you make the fundamental center, truly satisfies me for its vital of significance. After all it is an incredible article with all the fixings. Much obliged ahead of time for posting it.

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  32. Thank you for sharing, wonderful thoughts and words as always!!.. love. compassion all comes the heart… all one needs to do is follow one’s heart…
    Hope all your tomorrows are filled with love, compassion and happiness and life is all that you wish for it to be!… 🙂

    Until we meet again……

    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    And may all the wishes you wish come true
    May the dreams you hold dearest
    Be those which come true
    May the kindness you spread
    Keep returning to you
    (Irish Saying)

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  33. A beautiful thing indeed, Bette — and so is this poem. And perfect for Random Acts of Kindness week. Hugs.

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  34. Beautiful!

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  35. A very beautiful poem, Bette. Compassion is a beautiful thing for others and ourselves. The butterfly picture is perfect.🙂

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    • Thanks so much for your lovely note, Erica. The monarch butterfly pictured was feeding on milkweed in my garden. I’m an advocate for monarchs (a near-endangered species) and report my sightings to Journey North each year. The first monarchs leaving their over-wintering ground in Mexico usually reach central Maine in early June! They are amazing! You’ll find out more about them on tabs at the top of my web page. So glad you stopped by for a visit!

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  36. A beautiful poem.
    Compassion is a feeling of humanity, it connects us back to our inner self.
    Anytime we sense a rush of compassion towards someone, it just reminds us our inner sweet self is still alive.

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