Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.” ~ Andrews Boyd
In my last post, I asked the questions, How do I learn to stop caring so much about other people’s problems? How do I stop being the fixer, constantly putting everyone else’s needs before my own?
Maybe the answer is not to stop caring, but learning not to internalize people’s problems as your own. It is our responsibility to help others when they need it, but it is not our responsibility to constantly sacrifice ourselves for other people. It is ok to say…
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