All of us have experiences/observations that we rank as important or unimportant. What is important to one person may not be important to another. For example: It is important to me that people walking across and in front of me should say, “Excuse me.”

Columnist Peggy Tarr says she could “jump for joy” when someone offers a polite “Excuse me” when walking across her path. Credit: Bob Seidenberg

Sadly, there are many people who do not consider a polite “Excuse me” important, so they say nothing. I could jump for joy when someone excuses him or herself when walking in front of me. I could jump even higher if it is a young person.

I recently learned how important lawns are to some people. Some folks will even rank others according to the type of grass they  have. I did not know that there were different kinds of grass for one’s lawn. I do question why lawns are important to people living in places like Nevada, a desert terrain. Lawns certainly do not have the importance for me that they do for others.

Food ranks very high in importance for most humans. It sustains humans physically and socially, right? As holidays approach, certain foods become even more important, especially if they are only available during that time.

There are many other categories that humans rank in importance, but I want to close with the category that I think should be ranked as the most important for everyone: compassion for others.

Compassion makes us kind to others as well as to ourselves.

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...

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