Compassion is one of those things that when we are on the receiving end of it’s great, when people have a genuine concern for us. But the opposite of that is true, it can be great to be compassionate. And yet compassion often is costly. Compassion is having a genuine concern for someone, it’s seeing the plight and suffering of others and being moved into action. The etymology of the word compassion is a suffering with another/ to share the affliction with another.