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Speaking out for compassion, charity, and confidence by joining #1000Speak


I just discovered the 1000 Voices for Compassion Facebook page, and the call for those so moved to participate in one day of good, healthy, loving ‘speak’ in the world. If you’re not a blogger, you can write a post or essay about compassion and go to http://1000speak.wordpress.com/ for help to get it posted, or email 1000Speak@gmail.com to be guided. Or you can tweet on Twitter under the #1000Speak hashtag to participate.

The fear today is that compassion has gotten lost in the world’s present nature of anger with rage, arrogance with greed, and superiority with dominance. But fortunately I have found it hiding in many places. I was recently blessed with an abundance of compassion during a recent illness. Not only the cards, flowers, phone calls, and offers to help, but the people in the hospital who went well beyond their work requirements. They are the quiet people, doing their jobs and living their lives the best they can with compassion. They contribute to the food banks, they donate money, clothes, and home goods to charities, and they bring hot meals to those who can’t currently provide for themselves. Compassion and charity are two fingers on the same glove.

It’s hard to get past the suspicion … is that guy really homeless? Does that woman really not have enough money to pay for the bus? How can that kid afford cigarettes but can’t pay his whole rent? Then there’s the “I’m busy” syndrome … I don’t have time to help clean up that old lady’s yard, I have my own yard to take care of! I can’t take the neighbor’s kids in tonight, I have other plans!

I remember first reading about paradigm shifts. The article was geared toward anger, and suggested that we can’t ever really know what is truly in another person’s heart or mind. That driver who just cut you off may have a sick child, or a woman in labor in his car. The person who pushed past you, then let the door slam in your face, may have just heard about an emergency or a death in the family. When I start to mutter blue phrases toward those people I try to remember to do a paradigm shift. It allows me to feel that I’ve shown compassion for another human being in a generous way, although it didn’t cost me anything and I’ll never know his or her truth.

Regaining and building confidence is my personal specialty, and how it manifests success in every area and relationship in your life. Keeping compassion as an emotion found, fed, and tenderly cared for must remain at the top of our to-do list. Take the chance that your compassion may be misplaced. It’s a lot better than turning your back on that one person whose life and dignity you might have saved with just a little Compassion. Today one person, tomorrow the world. Now there’s a confidence-builder if I ever heard one!

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  1. February 20, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Reblogged this on Tricia Drammeh and commented:
    Another excellent post about Compassion, this one by Linda Taylor. I’m often stunned by the lack of compassion in our society, but then someone comes along to restore my faith. Let’s celebrate compassion by supporting 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. #1000Speak

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    • February 21, 2015 at 7:19 PM

      Thank you again, Tricia. I also responded on your post.

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  2. February 20, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    this is awesome!

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    • February 21, 2015 at 7:13 PM

      Thank you, Cindy! It was from the heart and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      Like

  3. February 20, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    This is wonderful!

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  4. February 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    I hope it becomes 10,000 voices then a million. There are plenty of people with compassion out there.and others who just need it awakening. Whar a change could be made.
    xxx Hugs Linda xxx

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    • February 21, 2015 at 7:21 PM

      David, my biggest fan! Thank you for always taking the time and compassion. Let’s hope enough people get awakened, and soon!

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  5. February 21, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Thanks, Linda. Will get to this on Monday or Tuesday via one of the alternate means (I have avoided Facebook so far).

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 21, 2015 at 7:23 PM

      Can’t wait to see it, John. FB’s a little better than Twitter, which is more like driving the freeway! Thanks for reading it.

      Like

  6. February 21, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Reblogged this on Everything Indie and commented:
    I enjoyed this post on compassion by Linda S.Taylor. So often we are quick to take offense or to judge others. Thich N’hat Hahn, one of the leading minds and author of books on mindfulness and compassion in Buddhism, told a similar story in Being Peace. In that story, he says that a young boy goes to wake his sister for school. She gets angry at him, and at first he feels confused and angry. Then he recalls that he’d heard her coughing during the night, and he realises that she not only didn’t get much sleep, but is probably ill. Rather than feeling angry, he feels deep compassion for his sister.
    We often don’t know the story behind someone’s life, or why they behave the way they do. We don’t know if they are exhausted from helping a family member who is ill, or if they are in pain for some other reason. Like Linda, I would rather be duped on occasion that turn down somebody truly in need.
    I hope you enjoy Linda’s message as much as I did, and will pass it along.
     
    #1000Speak for Compassion

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