Compassion is empathy, caring, love, and morality. Compassion is feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, caring for the poor. Compassion is all the little tasks you do for ones you love like picking up the toys that Little One leaves in a trail, or comforting Sister after an argument, encouraging Friend in an endevor, or just making sure that all your loved ones know how much you care.
Compassion is reaching out to those you know, and strangers. It is imagining your feelings in someone else's situation and acting to make them feel better.
I see compassion in the tent city that the church across the street has established. I see compassion in the canned food drives that our school supports and watching as the days go by and the boxes of goods overflow. I see compassion in how my sister treats all the little critters she finds around the house and yard, the way she nutures her plants and watches over the pets.
And the most compassionate thing I think one can offer, is to give up something you want knowing that others will appreciate it more or hoping it will give them joy when that is scarce in their lives.