Compassion is a virtue. It is regarded as the response to the suffering of others which motivates a desire to help. Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help physical, spiritual, or emotional hurts or pains of another, just as the lady in our story today did, and she found real love. Learn from this story below.
I am glad I married the most compassionate woman on earth (yes, I can say it with all assurance). Her compassion is what brought us together in the first place, and is still what has kept our marriage going.
I was an adventurous young man in my days in the University of Ife (now OAU). I loved travelling and visiting new places, and would always love to try anything new. Much to the annoyance of my friends and course mates, I was too daring and most often than not, when my I fail in my adventures, they would hardly take any pity on me and leave me to tend to my wounds.
Such was the day I almost died, and the same day I met my wife, Jadesola.
I was part of a fellowship on campus, and during our final year programme, we had to go mountaineering. Having missed the program in my first year, I was really excited to have another opportunity to climb the mountains I had always admired from afar. I would have gone on the mountaineering alone but for lack of company. But this time, I had a lot of company, and was eager to impress them with my adventurous desires.
I had quietly chipped it in to my friends that I would race ahead of them to the mountains and chart new courses. They warned me not to try anything stupid, but my desires were not stupid to me; I just wanted to explore. So as soon as the program began, I set off into the mountains and was climbing as high as I could until I was seeing the aerial view of the whole Ife Campus. It was a beautiful sight, and I was proud of myself.
I screamed at the top of my voice, while watching the others gently climbing the wet mountains (it was drizzling already). When I had enough of the sight, I decided to go down to the others who had stopped halfway and camped somewhere.
Coming down was however not as easy as climbing. The mountains were already wet and slippery due to the rain and having no prior experience of descending mountains I lost my footing and fell so hard. I couldn’t move as my arms and feet felt numb.
My friends burst into a delirious laughter, reminding me that they had warned me earlier. But Jadesola, a 400 level medical student who had accompanied us to take care of us in case of occurrences like mine occurred, rushed to me and asked others to join. I was lifted straight to the clinic and later transferred to OAU teaching hospital as I had fractured arms and feet.
I spent over two months in the hospital and Jadesola was my most frequent visitor. She was constantly lifting my spirit, keeping my company, bringing me food and being there when I needed someone. It was of little surprise when we started dating right from my hospital bed.
We got married six years later and are now blessed with two kids.
I won Jadesola’s heart with my adventurous spirits, but she won my heart by her compassionate nature. I believe a lot of ladies can learn from this and imbibe compassion as a virtue.
– Akinyemi. O
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