Day 46 ~ March 17 ~ Compassion
“Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison (of individual separateness) by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
~ Albert Einstein
“Kindness and compassion toward all living things is the mark of a civilized society.” ~ Cesar Chavez
“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Compassion is that mysterious capacity within each of us that makes it possible for suffering that is neither our own nor of our concern, to affect us as though it were. Compassion is the tie that binds every human being to each other and to the mystery of creation. It is the common thread of all religions, meditations, and community structures. Compassion does not acknowledge the artificial social, economic, cultural and religious barriers we place between ourselves and others. It acknowledges the common cry of human longings, aspirations, and tragedies. When a reflex reaction causes us to help another, with no motivation other than that person is in need, that is compassion in action. (Wisdom Commons)
Today I experiment with putting myself in someone else’s shoes and notice the impact that has on how I feel about our relationship.
Never underestimate the difference YOU can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help. This week reach out to someone that might need a lift. (Pablo Valle)
Neda Varpukauskaita, age 15, Lithuania
Peace Pals International
Action for Teens
Mother Teresa said, “Find someone who thinks he is alone, and let him know that he is not.” Today, offer your support to someone who needs it. Remember that everyone you meet goes through difficult things in their life. We all need love and support. Be that compassionate person today.
Action for Children
Your compassion is one of the best gifts you can give to others. Find someone who is alone during recess and ask him or her if you can be their friend.
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."
~ Coretta Scott King
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ~ The Dalai Lama
“It's time for greatness - not for greed. It's a time for idealism - not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.”
~ Marian Wright Edelman
“Every single person has at least one secret that would break your heart. If we could just remember this, I think there would be a lot more compassion and tolerance in the world.”
~ Frank Warren