How to Cry with Jane: A Story of Compassion

How to Cry with Jane: A Story of compassion 

How to Cry with Jane: A Story of Compassion
A little girl who was late coming home for supper. Her mother made the expected irate parent’s demand to know where she had been.
The little girl replied that she had stopped to help Janie, whose bicycle was broken in a fall.

“But you don’t know anything about fixing bicycles,” her mother responded.

“I know that,” the girl said. “I just stopped to help her cry.”

Not many of us know anything about fixing bicycles, either. And when our friends have fallen and broken, not their bicycles but their lives, none of us knows how to fix that. We simply cannot “fix” someone else’s life, even though that’s what we would like most to do.
But like the little girl, we can stop to help them cry. That is the best we can do. And that is a lot! How to cry with jane is a story that encourages us to be compassionate with others.
STORY by Murray Lancaster


Compassion is a vital trait that is often overlooked in our society. It is the ability to show empathy and concern for others, especially in times of distress. The importance of compassion cannot be overstated, as it can have a profound impact on both the giver and the receiver.

Firstly, compassion allows us to connect with others on a deeper level. When we show compassion, we are acknowledging the struggles and challenges that others are facing, and letting them know that they are not alone. This can help to build trust and strengthen relationships, as people feel heard and understood.

Compassion also has a positive impact on our own mental health and well-being. It has been scientifically proven that acts of kindness and compassion trigger the release of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes feelings of happiness and relaxation. When we show compassion, we are not only helping others, but also ourselves.

Additionally, compassion can lead to a more positive and peaceful world. When we show compassion to others, we are more likely to inspire them to do the same. This can create a ripple effect that spreads kindness throughout our communities and beyond.

Unfortunately, in today’s fast-paced world, compassion is often undervalued or even dismissed as a weakness. However, it is important to remember that showing compassion does not mean being weak or passive. In fact, it takes great strength and courage to show empathy and concern for others, especially in difficult situations.


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