Did you hear that?
That’s the drums beating in unison with their battle-cry for compassion.
Today’s Feature: Over a month ago, a friend of mine asked me to join in the February 20 #1000Speak. It’s where thousands of writers, bloggers, and dedicated hearts join together to speak about compassion.
Today’s Challenge: You don’t need grand gestures or a huge bank account to be compassionate. This is about seeing others and meeting them where they are without judgment or prejudice. I have a few challenges for you today – each task is more difficult than the one before:
- Look for the #1000Speak hashtag on your favorite social media sites. Read their words, practice what is preached. Write a few of your own.
- Read posts from three of my bloggy friends:
A little more effort:
- Reach for that somebody you love who might be drowning behind that glorious smile. The sweet friend who is always quick with a kind word for you, but delivers a beat-down on his or herself the moment they are faced with self-doubt.
- Notice the person who is doing the very best he/she can but handling things differently than you would. They don’t need our judgment – just our understanding.
- Now, do what’s hard. It’s easy to be kind when you’re in a good mood or with somebody you love. Consider your inconsiderate acquaintance, the less-than-kind co-worker, the rude gestures of a fellow commuter or grocery store cashier….even consider your enemies. See them. Really see them. Their scowl is less about you and more about the internal battles they are waging. See their hearts, offer genuine kindness, send a silent prayer – even if that’s the only thing you do.
When I think of compassion, my mind goes to Mother Teresa and the words written on a wall in a home for children in Calcutta, India.
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
*Special thanks to the dude sitting in front of me on the airplane last night. He gave me the words for this post.
I wanted to smack him.
Had it not been for this assignment, I may not have recognized the internal hurt in the rude comments or the demons hiding behind the cruel eyes. I sent him my silent prayers and he was quiet by the end of the flight.
Compassion is contagious.