Compassionate service to others.There is a common thread running through the challenges of our education system, our health care system and our urban police force. Each of these major institutions are involved in personal, physical and intimate contact with Americans at various, social, economic and emotional levels. Each field attracts individual into a similar type of service, a service that requires a look into the heart mind and body of individuals.

There is a common thread running through the challenges of our education system, our health care system and our urban police force. Each of these major institutions are involved in personal, physical and intimate contact with Americans at various, social, economic and emotional levels. Each field attracts individual into a similar type of service, a service that requires a look into the heart mind and body of individuals.

If you were ill would you want to be taken to the health care facility where you work?  Would you want your child to be a student in the school in which you and your co-workers teach? If your son did something wrong, or your grandfather had a psychotic episode, would you want the men in your police precent sent to their aide? Americans are people serving other people, and we are whom we are when no one is looking. Perhaps it is time to take a careful look at the selection and training process for those called to give compassionate service to others.

Spiritual Formation for teachers. Spiritual formation for health care workers. Spiritual formation for policemen. Spiritual formation is not religion, but it is a concept, which faithbased institutions can help to foster in those who serve others. There are some groups, which have as a cultural identity the spirit of compassion and respect for others. There is the appearance of kindness in their respect of others in conversation and behaviors.  There are other groups with sharp tongues and in your face attitudes with their own family members, and lack the understanding of what is required to have compassion for others. Sometimes a hard life and difficult or  early negative behaviors from care givers, can harden an individuals  mind and behavior. Individuals experiencing traumatic early life or situational behaviors are not good candidates for the helping professions. They should not seek careers in teaching, health care or police work. Suggesting that perhaps the wrong people go into these professions, and perhaps it is not the professions responsible for a lack of compassion in the delivery of service in some communities, but the individuals attracted to these professions. Your cannot train people to be compassionate, you must hire compassionate people for these sensitive positions and pay them well. If you are a speak the truth regardless of the consequences or effect on others, then careers in working with non living resources would be better suited to these select personalities. If you do not like to be told what to do, and resent anything or anyone attempting to control your life or activity, carefullu select your career path.   And yes, change and transformation is possible, but under extreme stress, an individual will revert to the original self and means of handling challenging situations. If and when God changes your life, be blessed and live well, but do not enter career in education, health care or police work.

I remember commenting to an administrator at Hackensack New Jersey Medical Center, Physical Therapy facility, that all of the therapist were excellent and all acted with the same compassion and competence. I asked how did he train them to all be so nice. He said ” We do not train people to be nice, we hire nice people.” I have found this in other areas also, compassionate people show compassion to others.

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