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Compassion is powerful. Compassion is humanity. Compassion is within all of us.

Recently, I've been reflecting on the power of compassion, and how fortunate I feel to have been modeled compassion as a child. Compassion has absolutely shaped my professional and personal relationships.

Compassion can be put into practice if one recognizes the fact that every human being is a member of humanity and the human family, regardless of differences in religion, culture, color and creed. Deep down there is no difference. ― Dalai Lama

My mom, dad, and my family in Mexico, particularly, have been very influential in modeling compassion daily in my life. Throughout my childhood, they showed compassion toward neighbors, new friends, strangers, and pretty much anyone and everyone, even those who didn't always treat us well. In my opinion, this modeled compassion made my family's compassion that much stronger, more positive, and more impactful as I approached adulthood.

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity. ― Pema Chödrön

Let's use our individual and collective compassion toward building a better world for all.