In Chapel we have been looking at some of Jesus’s teachings. This week Mr Sturrock looked at ‘Love your neighbour’. There were many points he shared with the pupils, but there are two ideas that I wanted to share with you.
Firstly, he highlighted the difference between sympathy and compassion:
Sympathy looks in and says, “I’m sorry.”
Compassion goes in and says, “I’m with you.“
Sympathy looks in and says, “I would like to help.“
Compassion goes in and says, “I am here to help.“
Sympathy says, “I wish I could carry your burden.“
Compassion says, “Cast your burden on me.“
Sympathy often irritates with many words.
Compassion helps and hears in quietness and understanding.
Mr Sturrock then made the link between our ability to show compassion to others and the way we show kindness to ourselves. The two are intrinsically linked, as the command says ‘love your neighbour as you love yourself’. Research has shown that showing kindness to ourselves:
But how can we be kind to ourselves? The top 10 tips were:
Pupils were then challenged to:
My prayer for this week is that we can be kind to ourselves and learn to show compassion so that we can have a positive impact on those around us.
Mr Simon Cuthbert