Compassion is a concern for the misfortunes of others, sensitivity, tenderness, kindness, humanity, love, and charity. Compassion is the sympathetic consciousness for the distress of others together with a desire to alleviate it.
Life has taught me that faith, hope, and love are the main components of compassion. The most compassionate act that I experienced happened soon after I was born. And it positively impacts my life today.
While living in a convent for unwed mothers, my birth mother was faced with the decision to give me up for adoption. So, fortunately, I went from my teenaged mother’s arms into the care of my great uncle and aunt, Ozell and Lillian Stinson who became my parents.
I think God wants me to share some of the compassion with others that was given to me. My great-uncle and aunt transitioned years ago, but the compassion and love they poured into my life live in me today. It has enabled a loving relationship with my 86 years old birth mother, and 11 loving brothers and sisters whom I wouldn’t trade for the world. God gave us each other and hope for our future generations. Compassion conquers adversity!
Angela Stinson retired from Milwaukee Public Schools where she taught 40 years, and also worked 20 years in the U.S. Army National Guard.