It’s another Friday and I’m so happy to be here as a blogger in 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion (#1000Speak). 1000Speak started with an understanding that even though we might get older, we still all need the metaphorical village around us, and the compassion of others in our lives. Then the sudden thought happened – what if 1000 of us wrote about compassion all at once? From there, the movement has taken on its own life; has burgeoned and grown and spread a whole lot of love and connection and ‘villageyness’.
I’m again linking up with a few blog hops! Don’t worry, this post won’t be nearly as long as last week’s post!
I can’t say I was the nicest person growing up. As I’ve gotten older, I realized I was probably mean to some people, but not consciously. I was unhappy, very unhappy and quite frankly, it didn’t seem like anyone cared. So, I didn’t either.
Thankfully, I’ve matured and I’ve become a much more compassionate, non-judgmental person. Not to say I don’t have my flaws, but instead of 10 questions for #AskAwayFriday, I decided to do 10 ways one can show compassion:
Caring About Others ~ Opening Your Heart ~ Maintaining an Open Mind ~ Putting Aside Feelings ~
Altruistic Spirit ~ Sympathetic Soul ~ Sensitive Nature ~ Insightful Understanding ~
Overlooking Transgressions ~ Never Unkind
I’m finishing the sentence ~ “Compassion is important because…” without it, many of us will get lost in the shuffle. Compassion is what holds together people when things aren’t really going their way, whether its their fault or not. Being compassionate gives people hope for the future. Compassion can spread like wildfire! So get to it!
10 Things of Thankful: Compassion Edition
I’m thankful for the compassion that:
1. Others show me. I have made mistakes and I am eternally grateful for the compassion others have shown me by their forgiveness.
2a. My children show me. As a parent, I’m often not sure of how to act or react. Voices get raised and yelling ensues, but my children do not harbor anger or resentment.
2b. My children show each other. As much as they fight, when one is hurt or upset, the others come to give the biggest hugs and kisses.
2c. My children show others. Over and over again, I’m told by others how sweet, kind and caring that my children are. They are quick to come to another’s aid and give to them before taking for themselves… even my little Bee (well, to others, just not her sister!).
3a. My husband shows me. Marriage can be rough and although I try to be considerate as much as I can, it’s not always the case. My husband, through all of our journey, has shown me compassion.
3b. My husband shows others. As with my children, my husband will sometimes help others to the detriment of himself, but that’s one of the great things about him. I know he’ll protect himself, but I also know he’ll help others in need and show them compassion.
4. Charities show those in need. A non-profit that I’m involved with has an annual event called the Community Baby Shower. We give advice, tools and baby items to those in need. Normally, these people are judged and we work to show them compassion and a helping hand.
5. Television hopes to expose. My children and I were watching Brain Games (a family favorite) and in an episode, it showed how compassion is contagious. When you show compassion, the person who’s receiving your compassion is likely to show compassion to others. I love that it was presented in a scientific way.
6a. The blogging community has shown my series, Relationships in the Raw, I’ve not only had support by providing content, but I’ve seen compassion for my writers, who had to break out from behind their screens and share their stories.
6b. The blogging community has shown in this movement. #1000Speak means more than just the blogging community coming together, but sharing in the compassion that will hopefully spread through our real life communities as well.
I know the numbering is a little wonky, but there’s definitely 10!