There are days I move through life in autopilot, not giving much thought to the people I encountered or the activities I have done. On the evenings I make time to reflect on my day, I realize how many opportunities I have missed to make a difference in someone’s life or to even acknowledge my own purpose in the world.
While it’s convenient to say that I am overwhelmed by news stories such as white people calling the police on black people, police shooting unarmed black men, our worsening political climate, our immigration crisis, and more, the truth is I am slowly becoming apathetic to what is happening in our world. The truth is I am tired of caring too much.
This is a sad reality for someone who works with others to address bias through compassion, but it’s my truth. As much as I want to be a better example for my sons, there are many days in which I have missed the chance to show compassion to others or even just to myself.
I took on this writing challenge with The Good Men Project because I wanted to address this journey of compassion fatigue but also to look at compassion through the lens of those who sometimes need it most.
Compassion fatigue is an occupational hazard and can make us complacent and cynical whether we are parents, significant others, friends, employees, or caregivers.
My hope for the next 30 days is that you join me in taking the time to recognize how we can go beyond burnout to cultivating compassion in our daily lives.
I’ve shared a short video below that sums up how we sometimes miss the chance to show compassion or recognize it in others.
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