January 5, 2013

Confusing Compassion With Enabling

Please do not confuse compassion with enabling.

A more compassionate way to respond to those I love might be to allow them to face the consequences of their actions, even when it will cause them pain.

Am I trying to interfere with the natural consequences of a loved one's choices? Am I trying to do for someone what they could do for themselves? Am I doing what I think is best for me? Do I resent what I am doing? If so, is it really a loving choice? Sometimes the most compassionate thing I can do is to let others take responsibility for their behavior.

Today I will remember that I have choices, and so do other people. I will make the best choices I can and allow others in my life to do the same without interference.

I must learn to give those I love the right to make their own mistakes and recognize them as theirs alone.

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