One of the things that concern me most about our current climate is everyone just wants to win. I can’t follow that mindset. I’m not on a team and I’m not actively trying to harm anyone to meet goals I set for myself. I’m not even financially, physically or mentally in a contest with anyone but myself. And the idea that we’re trying to “own” people is just ugly. Being a compassionate person isn’t a group sport. It’s about the bigger picture. The next time you see a child try to recognize the kindness, understanding, and responsibility you feel. Even if it’s not yours, try to identify the incredible obligation you feel being around a child. Then when you turn around, remember its ok to see adults that way too. You may even surprise yourself with how happy you feel being nice to a stranger.