A Prescription for Compassion
--by autumnsky38, posted Jun 29, 2016
I felt my heart fill to bursting with compassion for him in that moment, rather than other more negative reactions I might've had in the past, and when it was his time to get his order, he nodded and smiled at me, with gratitude in his eyes. I could "feel" that he felt "my" lack of reaction to his inebriation and was grateful for it, and I wished him a good day as he left.
I'm so happy to be able to be that way with some one who was so obviously struggling, because my beautiful late Mom was an alcoholic, and for most of my life, being around people who are drunk always made me uncomfortable. I realized as the man and I were talking, that because of God, Al-Anon, and my precious Mom, I was able to detach from the man's state of being drunk, to see him as a fellow human being.
I'm just so grateful for that today and am so glad that as my own heart heals from my childhood "stuff", I can give kindness and time to others who I might have avoided in the past. I love you, wherever you are, dear one, and I hope that your pain is healed someday. : )