Just one more thing: Five keys to compassionJust one more thing: Five keys to compassion

Not long ago I was standing in the Amsterdam, Netherlands, airport, waiting to check in and get my seat assignment for a flight back to Los Angeles,Calif. Near the ticket counter was a young woman in a wheel chair , who was talking to a flight attendant. The attendant reassured her that she would be cared for throughout the flight. Then, the young woman made a remark that shocked me, "How kind of you to care for me without my having to payextra." I thought, isn't it strange that anyone would think about paying extra to receive needed care and attention. Have we reached a place in our society where we expect that people only care when they are paid to? Have compassion and a caring attitude become obsolete?

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Publication Date: April 24, 1984