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The Power of Compassion

As I look around at the world today I can’t help but cringe a little. You don’t have to type too many letters on a keyboard or turn too many channels with your remote to stumble across current events that leave you wondering, “how did we get to where we are”? With an inkling of knowledge from the book of Revelations, any Christian can easily rule that the world’s current events were all prophesied years ago and we are just living in those “last days”.  My mind often wonders beyond that. I look at situations, both big and small, and choose between different red flags to try and decipher the root of the problem. One of the things I feel are a hindrance in multiple areas of life is the lack of compassion. It is so easy to get more engrossed in what someone does to us versus using the same energy in another situation to figure out what we can do for someone else.

Compassion is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as the “sympathetic consciousness of others distress together with a desire to alleviate it”. When I read this definition the first person that came to mind was Jesus. He lived and breathed with great compassion for others. In fact, his compassion is one thing that drew so many to him. In a world where so many people have grown heartless and care less about others I find it very vital to express how compassion costs us nothing, but can change the life of another. As humans we are all susceptible to life’s blows. Nobody is immune to trying times; from losing your job, losing a loved one, becoming seriously ill, dealing with a bad break up, or simply being in distress due to a flat tire or random mishap. We have all been there.

We are a product of the things we have faced, and a reflection of how we allowed them to affect us. Everyone has a story. Some filled with more grief than others. I feel it is important to remember how we felt when we were in the midst of a storm, even after we begin seeing the sunshine illuminate again. By doing this, we tear down our walls and make room to feel genuine compassion towards others. It’s never good to get through a trying time, survive, and then plant ourselves on a high horse. We must remember that once upon a time our eyes were full of tears, our heart-ached, and we were not sure what to do. Even if you went through this all alone think of the compassion God granted you. He heard your prayers, and maybe even wrapped his arms around you without you ever reaching out to him for help. He wanted to show you his love, even when you had lost love for yourself. If you have experienced this then you have stared the most pure form of compassion directly in the face. You saw how you could be moved from a state of helplessness and cast back into a life full of hope. Next time you see someone having a hard time remember how your life was changed by someone who cared enough to come to your rescue when you couldn’t save yourself.

Hello and welcome to a glimpse into my world. I am Curtrice Williams. A southern woman born and raised in Alabama. I am 29 years old, and a mother to a wonderful 6 year old son. I am a writer committed to walking in my God given purpose. I currently work for the founder of Gentlemenhood, Pierre Alex Jeanty, as his assistant and as the editor of this website. Along with that I am the Co-Founder and face behind Gentlewomenhood. I'm a senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham majoring in Health Education with a special concentration in Human Services. I am also the executive assistant for the fashion brand "Splashed By DKG". Motherhood, writing, education, and fashion are motivating aspects of my life, I view it all as an outlet to touch others. Gentlewomenhood is something I place a lot of my heart into, it is a beautiful way of expression that can educate, motivate, and uplift others in ways only they can truly express. It takes more than one person to make a difference in this world, but by using our gifts we can together be the change we would like to see in this world. Join me into a movement of education, clarity, inspiration, motivation, and uplifting! You may follow my handles: Instagram & Twitter @gentlewomenhood. Email: gent.assistant@gmail.com. The fashion page that I am connected to is @splashedbydkg on Instagram & Twitter, and Splashed by DKG on Facebook; the official website is www.splashedbydkg.com.

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