Spreading Compassion

Most days, I hate to turn on the morning news. I have sensitive kids, and while I can’t hide them from the pain and hatred and destruction that exists in the world outside, I also don’t need to serve up beheadings and shootings and acts of war with their breakfast Cheerios.

I can barely handle squabbles about who sits where at the island before I’ve had my first cup of coffee, so I really can’t even consider attempting to explain some of what I see – and I do know some of it will give my eight-year-old nightmares, so there’s that, too.

I will confess, there have been days where I’ve left the introduction of some news items up to their social studies teacher, and there are days where we do discuss current events. And there are days where I want to bury my head in the sand and pretend they don’t exist.

In the middle of all this, in light of this, the most important thing I can do is to teach the importance of compassion.

That before you judge the actions of others, you have to walk a mile in their shoes.  (Or, in the case of my children – at least take a few minutes to think about what might be behind a person’s comments or actions. A mile is a long way in a fast-paced society.)

That small acts of kindness can change the direction a person’s day might be taking.

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That goodness isn’t always out there, and sometimes WE need to create it.

And that goodness IS out there, and we need to highlight it.

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Lizzi Rogers wrote a post that inspired her and another fantastic blogger, Yvonne Spence, to create 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion.  On February 20 (which is also the UN World Day of Social Justice), I’ll be joining over 1000 bloggers from around the web as we post stories on compassion, kindness, support, non-judgement…you get the idea. 

We will flood the internet with GOOD!

(Ok, we will flood the internet with GREAT posts about GOODNESS. And kindness and compassion. You know what I mean.)

There is more information to be found by searching Twitter with the hashtag #1000speak and on the Facebook Page 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion.   We all have a story to tell. Join in! If you do not have a blog of your own, you can contribute your story to http://1000speak.wordpress.com.

So join in. Write. Read. Share.

Spread some compassion.

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Comments

  1. I don’t blame you for protecting your children. Truly. Some of life is so awful.

  2. I have a difficult time with this as well. My husband has a tendency to watch the news during dinner (an ongoing battle). My youngest is obvious my older tends to ignore it unless something hits for her. Then I am amazed at her questions. I think it is a matter of finding the right balance. To keep them informed but in a way they understand.

    • My kids are sponges…you don’t always see an immediate reaction, but they absorb the info…and then squeeze it out at bedtime. If it really bothers my 10yo, he’ll just ask to change the channel. I agree, balance is key. Some items are worthy of discussion…and some, well, there’s plenty of time for them to see just how much evil exists in the world.

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