“Sympathy is feeling sorry for others, seeing that what is happening to them is negative or bad. Compassion is seeing that what is happening to them is for their growth, and assisting them in seeing that also. Compassion reframes an experience they may perceive as unfortunate or bad into something that they can understand. Realize that when you feel sympathy for people, you begin to vibrate with them and take their lower energy into yourself. When you come from compassion, you do not bring in their negativity.
Being firm with people may not be easy but it can be a greater gift than being the nice guy all the time. You have experienced friends to whom you give and give, who do not seem to appreciate what you do. If your offers of help are doing no apparent good, it is time to put your energy elsewhere. You may risk not being liked in the short run, but in the long run you will gain from following this higher wisdom.”
Sanaya Roman, in “Personal Power through Awareness”
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