I have to say this week was a very difficult one. The week started off with me being unwell, and then I ended up injuring my left pinky finger to the point I thought I had fractured it by carrying too many heavy bags at once in that hand. Yesterday, my car broke down in the middle of no where. It was cold and I called roadside service. It took them over 2 hours to arrive. However, thankfully they did and towed the car right to the dealership. I have a rental car for today as my car will be ready tomorrow, and it is not a cheap fix either. Anyway I will end it at that. Needless to say it has been a trying week.
Today, I went over to the bank to do some transactions and the teller who served me was extremely friendly. That in itself can be helpful after having a rough week. When she asked me how my week was, I was honest. I told her it was very difficult, and I explained to her what happened. She told me that she was going to give me something to cheer me up, which was a $50 prepaid Visa card. She told me to go use it to buy me something nice. I am definitely taking her up on it. However, I have to say since I have been to the bank, I have been in a much better mood. Why? It wasn’t because of receiving $50 (well, it certainly was a bonus I admit). The $50 was a result of the fact that she listened, and showed compassion. Handing me that gift card was a gesture showing that she really did care.
I am not saying that you need to cheer someone up by handing them cash. However, the point of this article is to bring out the fact that showing someone who is having a hard time genuine compassion is a huge thing. Don’t just say “I am sorry”, and then leave to someone who is having a difficult time. There are many ways to show someone you are there for him or her. You don’t have to spend money either. Call or email the individual later in the day and ask how he or she is doing. A caring phone call or email will cheer anyone up. Ask if there is anything you can do to help, and listen. Visit the person if he or she lives close by. However, be sure to call or text before hand. Have the person over for lunch or dinner one day. In other words, there are plenty of ways you can show someone who is going through an ordeal that you care other than just saying “I’m sorry”. I will make that person appreciate the good things in life, and your compassion is definitely something to show gratitude towards.