Hearing the Dalai Lama speak was one of the things on My Life List (that I'm working on inspired by the lovely Stacy). He lived up to my expectations.
His message was about having compassion and a compassionate heart. It seems so simple, be compassionate to everyone because we are all human beings.
Its easy to be compassionate to those who are kind to us or who we know are going through a rough patch. But have you ever tried to be compassionate to the person who is tailgating you; or the sales person who is rude to you at the grocery store; or how about the person who hit your car in the parking lot and didn't leave a note. What about those people? According to the Dalai Lama we should be compassionate to all other human beings...even if we don't think they deserve it? These people are the ones who need our compassion the most...maybe they are rude or seem like they don't care about other people because no one has ever shown them any kind of compassion.
Its not always easy but what if we are kinder, show compassion, to those who are not so nice to us. Would it pay forward? Would that person then show compassion to someone else? I think we should give it a try, don't you? Try to be kind to one person who you don't think 'deserves' it....see what happens.