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WZM Award


WZM Award presented on
May 7, 2015 to Megaly Reta - Garfield High School








Compassion can mean various things to people but in my eyes compassion means having a noble caring heart and mindset. If everyone would treat each other with compassion, the world would be a joyous place. For example, I remember last summer my family and I were going on a camping trip to Santa Barbara beach when unfortunately our car decided to stop in the middle of the freeway. As we waved for help, no one was nice enough to help us. Sad to say, but not even our own race, Mexican Americans. After being stuck on the freeway, in the middle of nowhere, some Asian family decided to help us out and give us a hand. Even though my dad couldn’t fully communicate with them, since he doesn’t speak English, they were nice enough to help us. However, I did translate and told them what was going on with our car and how we needed to pass a current to get the car working. The family that decided to help us was so polite; although they didn’t have to do it they felt compassionate about us. Moreover, they were also gracious enough to offer us food, but my family didn’t want to take it since they had done so much for us. They insisted, and so we took it. Once they were leaving my dad told me to go over and give them twenty dollars and say how thankful we were, however they didn’t accept the money. They were a really humble Asian family. I will always remember this kind act of compassion. So what does this story say about compassion? Well having compassion can make other people’s suffering go away. If one is compassionate toward someone we will help each other out. After all, we are all humans and we should all lend a helping hand when we can. Who knows, you might be in that situation one day or another.

If there was a more compassionate outlook on how we treat other people; our lives would greatly be improved. First of all, a lot of people wouldn’t be suffering as much. Second, one would feel delighted to have helped someone out. Our mind would be in good health. Most importantly, the world would be a peaceful place. Whether people are beautiful and friendly or unattractive and disruptive, ultimately they are human beings. Like oneself, they want happiness and do not want suffering. Furthermore, their right to overcome suffering and be happy is equal to one's own. As Albert Schweitzer said “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”


Ruth Ratna Handy, LCSW
(818) 834-5925


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