Compassionate Love: Displaying compassion for those who struggle with mental illness (c)2014 Nancy Virden
Hatred destroys. “I don’t hate anyone, I just don’t like that kind around my neighborhood.”
Hatred judges. “They are not open to my way of thinking, so they are terrible.”
Hatred sees groups, not persons. “The you-know-whats are at it again.”
Hatred denies. “I’m not phobic or bigoted. I just don’t like them.”
Hatred reads all this and responds, “It’s not about me.”
Love builds. “Welcome, and may I help you to move in?”
Love accepts. “We disagree, so what? You still coming over on movie night?”
Love sees the person. “I want to get to know you before I decide who you are.”
Love needs no defense. “I know I do not hate you because I value you enough to be involved in your life.”
Love reads all this and responds, “I want to make sure I’m not hating anyone.”
NOTE: I am not a doctor or mental health professional. I speak only from personal experiences with and observations of mental illness. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental health care.
If you are struggling emotionally today or feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Hope and help is yours.
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