It takes inner strength to maintain a sensitive heart. The weak attempt to protect their heart by hardening it. Compassionate sensitivity is life’s ignored superpower! Heart-felt caring works miracles!
When life seems heartless, refuse to let it make you heartless. If you refuse to see yourself as a victim, you’ll have the strength not to harden your heart.
To be compassionately sensitive is to be in touch with the caring part of your heart. Any society that trains people to shut down their compassionate sensitivity becomes cold and hard. Maybe we can’t fix people’s problems, but we can care enough to listen to their pain.
The willingness to feel intensely isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s the courage to open your heart to compassion. If you can’t care about and have compassion for people who see things differently than you do, your heart is too hard.
Desensitized people like to tell people, “You’re too sensitive.” If you’re not sensitive to your conscience, you’ll get into (and cause) much more trouble than you need to.
Compassionate sensitivity is slow to take offense because it’s acutely aware that people who hurt people are driven by pain. Being quick to take offense isn’t sensitivity. It’s pride.
There’s nothing brave about refusing to care about other people. Christianity, without a sensitized heart, tends to focus on religious formulas rather than on being attuned to the living Jesus.
When people are sensitized
To God’s Spirit,
They become inwardly wise,