One of my biggest challenges, being a sensitive person, is to be around people who suffer but not carry it with me when I go home. If you are a psychotherapist, doctor, parent, or in another “caring” job, you may experience the same.
The smile of the Buddha is one of my strongest anchors. The Buddha knows the depth of human suffering. He knows the tears and cries of the world as his own. You may think: “Why is he still smiling if he knows there is so much suffering in the world?”
The Buddha can see past the suffering. He can see that often people suffer because they are stuck in some kind of “illusion”. The illusion might be that we think we are not good enough, that we are not worth of receiving love or the illusion that we are separate from others.
He sees the potential awakening in everyone. He is able to be surrounded by suffering but stay in perfect equanimity, non-affected at his core.