According to Webster's Dictionary, the definition of compassion is "sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it." Compassion, more than ever, is needed in the world today. Think of all the topics we hear about and experience every day. Shouldn't having compassion for ourselves and our fellow humans be of utmost importance? I think so, and I hope you do as well. There has been too much conflict, sadness, hurt, sickness, and complete destruction in our world. We need to unite as a world family and make this place we live in a sanctuary of happiness and love.  
To have compassion, we look beyond our struggles and pains. We embrace the beauty and grace in showing kindness and understanding. Compassion has no boundaries, just as love has no limitations. Together we can all live in tranquility and happiness by choosing to have the desire to care about others and to care about ourselves. 
Learning to be more compassionate may require an identity shift. A shift from who you were to who you want to be today. You can become a more softhearted person by taking control of your power to shift away from selfishness, greed, and comparison. Let go of your ego and proceed forward with appreciation and passion. 
What if we took this quote and made it our mantra: "More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate."
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart. If we did, I believe we could heal our entire universe! If you want that too, send me a message and tell me what you are doing to show compassion for others and yourself.