“A compassionate person develops an eye for spotting the qualities that make each person special. Even when others are at their lowest ebb, it is possible to help them restore their self-belief by keeping a firm, clear vision of their goodness and specialties. Taking a gentle encouraging approach, I must never give up on anyone.” Innerspace
Compassion: Framing Ourselves .. Whirling Dervish via Nour El Refai
No matter where I go or what I do, there are constant reminders of why we, as humans, owe each other a compassionate word; an act of kindness. There is enough strife and sadness in the world that it behooves us to find space in our hearts to show and share some moments of compassion. We could all benefit from a verbal hug or two… I bet the same goes for you too. Right? What makes us all special? Our unique, individual personalities, our personal stories and journeys, our histories, our sadness and joy, our dreams and wishes … us. So, why would anyone want to negate this basic premise? I am who I am and so are you. Why must I become like you or be you? No, Thank you!
“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” Albert Einstein
Seeking Compassion: Tobe in Sudan via Jason Carrier...
Daily, we hear or read about terrible events that challenge us to re-establish our desire for global good. I remember Tyler, Phoebe, Mathew, and thousands more hurt by hatred, caustic words, violence, those who suicide gave an out and it pains me. If we were more sensitive to the joys and pain of our brothers and sisters and less vengeful and hurtful, our world would radiate with bliss… Age should never be an excuse for insensitivity as we all feel pain and hurt. Each day we get up, we have an opportunity to serve with grace. If we know other people; friends or family walking in darkness, or that are suicidal, we must compassionately comfort and guide them to seek appropriate care… We all deserve a chance at an abundant life.
“Love, compassion, and concern for others are real sources of happiness. With these in abundance, you will not be disturbed by even the most uncomfortable circumstances. If you nurse hatred, however, you will not be happy even in the lap of luxury. Thus, if we really want happiness, we must widen the sphere of love. This is both religious thinking and basic common sense.” Dalai Lama
Free to Be: Havana Cuba Mama via Daniel Gautreaung
I believe that the happiness we deny our fellow man is happiness we deny ourselves. We cannot thrive in a universe that is out of balance or out of kilter because of inequalities and greed. We need to stop and share our goodwill with others. A smile, a gentle glance, a kind word … all help. I gathered a few quotes and photos for this short post. It would be wonderful if we could all learn to say less, do more for each other and be more compassionate. Don’t give up!
All Photos by Daniel Gautreau, Jason Carrier, and Nour El Refai via NatGeo ~ courtesy of National Geographic
Until Next Time…
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