The idea of being a good person is often based on morals and ethics, which are often subjective.  Practicing compassion is a positive and achievable goal.  Learning how to develop compassion is an essential life skill which contributes not just to others’ happiness, but also to our own happiness.

Many people struggle with the concept of being “good”. This sounds like a worthwhile endeavour for anyone. Though, there is a significant challenge with this.  Being a good person is often linked to ethics and morality.  Ethics and morality are ideas that are taught to us.   We may feel as though we are failing at being good people, as many of us have been subject to indoctrination.

I dream’d in a dream   I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the whole of the rest of the earth, I dream’d that was the new city of Friends, Nothing was greater there than the quality of ROBUST LOVE, it led the rest, It was seen every hour in the actions of the men of that city, And in all their looks and words. Walt Whitman

In this day and age, we are inundated with information. We have information in the palm of our hand. We can look up anything our hearts desire. This may be why we see so many people walking the streets with their eyes glued to a phone or another smart gadget. When our focus remains consistently in one place, we end up missing the magic around us.

Unfortunately, having access to instantaneous information keeps us in our own worlds and narrows our vision of our surroundings. I am guilty of indulging in these activities. I have mindlessly scrolled through various pieces of information on my way to work. I have listened to my preferred music on my noise isolation headphones on route to work, essentially blocking out any other sounds on the train.

Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow. Langston Hughes 

Siegfried Sassoon’s poem, ‘In Me, Past, Present, Future Meet’ is noteworthy for a number of reasons, not just for the poem and the possible interpretations of it, but also for the poet behind the poem.

Sassoon was a complex human being (like many of us) and this may be why this poem strikes a chord, as it helps us to understand the complexity of decision-making.