EDITOR'S NOTE: Crissy Brooks, the executive director of MIKA in Costa Mesa, has agreed to do occasional columns for the Daily Pilot. This is her first.
In a recent blog post, Councilwoman Wendy Leece asked, "Are Costa Mesans too compassionate?"
Her question came out of the recent conversations about the homeless population in town. Some folks say that our neighbors experiencing homelessness are here because they are drawn by the overly compassionate in Costa Mesa. Others say that people are here for a variety of reasons and we have the privilege and duty to help.
This question of compassion has got me thinking.
The word "compassion" comes from the Latin "com pati," meaning "to bear with, to suffer with."
I remember when my father was in the hospital for major brain surgery. Many people came to help us. They brought hams and flowers and said prayers, but the true comfort was the fact they were waiting with us.