I'm starting to think a bit about compassion - my husband said compassion is for women (because we are gullible thus more readily disposed towards compassionate behaviors ... just look at where Merkel took Germany for example ... ).
Lol - I said that seems a bit condescending.
I'm thinking about what seems to be a manipulation of society by labeling choices/attitudes/behaviors "compassionate" which are actually to our collective detriment.
[update - just this between these brackets 30 Nov. 16 -
- compassion (sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others) doesn't make you, your neighborhood, or your entire Nation, a doormat. I am reminded of the saying large doors swing on little hinges (something like that). The information that I have to work with about "refugees" for example, is incomplete. Providing sanctuary to people fleeing crappy places is not necessarily the most compassionate conclusion.
On one hand, we have the gum ball guy's talk on immigration (see above) on the other, or another, hand, we have - well, this:
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said Monday he was saddened by the “senseless act of gun violence” at Ohio State University, even though the attacker used a butcher knife and a car.
Compassion seems be getting a bad rap of late because "a concern for everybody" ( "a concern for everybody" isn't working for everybody. The recipients of compassion aren't "behaving" as society would hope. Some recipients seem to feel entitled. Stories like the one linked seem to abound.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort ~ Corinthians 1:3
We were sent into the world alive with beauty. As soon as we choose Beauty, unseen forces conspire to guide and encourage us towards unexpected forms of compassion, healing and creativity. ~John O'Donohue
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, by Karen Armstrong Summary by Judy Lee Trainman
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
― Dalai Lama
― Dalai Lama
Compassion - sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
The Hebrew ( , ) and Greek ( ) words sometimes translated as "compassion" also bear a broader meaning such as "to show pity, " "to love, " and "to show mercy." Other near synonyms for compassion in English are "to be loved by, " "to show concern for, " "to be tenderhearted, " and "to act kindly."
What is Compassion?
Notes from Greater Good - http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/compassion/definition
Summary pdf here
My Wish: The Charter for Compassion TED TALK
(transcript from the TED TALK)
- The First Step – Learn About Compassion
- The Second Step – Look at Your Own World
- The Third Step – Compassion for Yourself
- The Fourth Step – Empathy
- The Fifth Step – Mindfulness
- The Sixth Step – Action
- The Seventh Step – How Little We Know
- The Eighth Step - How Should We Speak to One Another
- The Ninth Step – Concern for Everybody
- The Tenth Step – Knowledge
- The Eleventh Step – Recognition
- The Twelfth Step - Love Your Enemies
- A person who is impartial, fair, calm, gentle, serene, accepting and openhearted is a refuge .
these pictures were taken today - that's why they're posted here
no relevance to the topic
I was walking down by the river, talking to D (her dad is with hospice now and we are sad about that)
she has a granddaughter to meet up this way
deaths and births seem to come together
later I went grocery shopping in Austin at my two favorite grocery stores - lunch tomorrow is to a celebration time for my husband's birthday - four of our kids are able to be here
it's a joy to know that four of them will wake up under the same roof tomorrow morning.
I attempted the SwissPastry Shop's delicious Black Forrest Cake today - putting the layers together tomorrow,
so far it's pretty yummy. My layers of almond meringue aren't as think as these in the picture ... .
|Shadow walked down to the water with me today|
He surprised me by hopping on to my "step" in the water.
|Egret let meet pretty close -|
there is definitely something "older- looking" going on with me lately