Friday, February 20, 2015

Find Compassion {#1000Speak for Compassion}

Today is the day. It's February 20, 2015. It's the day for #1000Speak, where 1,000 bloggers share their stories and thoughts about what compassion means to them. Why? Because we're bloggers, and it's what we do. 

Compassion can have a different meaning to different people. It's defined by Wikipedia as: 
"the emotion that one feels in response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help."
While that definition does ring true, I also think of the simple words --
understanding, caring, sensitivity, and charity.

As a mother, it's my hope that I teach my kids to find compassion. It's something that I believe is in us all by nature, but sometimes we have to find it - just like we have to find ourselves through living life. 

Some things that I tell my kids:

Think of others.

Be nice. Be kind.

How would you feel if...

And, of course, there's always the Golden Rule: 
Treat others the way you want to be treated.

And there are many more. 

As with many other things in life, one of the best ways to teach is by showing: Be a role model.

Sometimes that is way easier said than done, right? 
And sometimes, it's our kids who remind us of the exact concepts in life lessons that we taught them. I know it's happened to me more than once. Just because we all have the ability to be compassionate does not mean that we actually practice it. We can all lose it at some point, so it's important to always find it. 

My kids and I love to support non-profit organizations and various charities throughout the year. In December 2014, we participated in #GivingTuesday for the first time, and we'll be a part of the movement for 2015 too! It's always been a passion of mine to support great causes, and I hope that I've passed that along to my kids. I know that I have. By helping others, we ultimately help ourselves. It feels good to give and to know that we can make a difference. Every little bit helps. Every little bit matters.

Little acts of kindness can definitely go a very long way. 

So let's all find compassion. Let's practice compassion. It's something we need in this world. We all need it in our lives. We need it for each other. We need it for humanity to survive. 

Now it's your turn. 
What words do YOU think of when you hear the word compassion?

I've started a Pinterest Board specifically for the movement. Check it out when you have time to read some really empowering posts from excellent bloggers around the blogosphere.

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mail4rosey said...

Little acts of kindness DO go a long way. And I agree teaching children compassion is very important. I think of empathizing and helping when I hear the word too.

Katie Crafts said...

Wonderful wonderful words! When I think of "compassion" I think of my Mom. She was the most compassionate, empathetic woman and I strive to be like her!

Jillian@FoodFolksandFun said...

The Dalai Lama quote is my favorite...something the whole world needs to be reminded of!

Natalia Khon said...

Awesome quote, Kim!

Teri said...

Love these words of yours! I think we need compassion for others more than ever, at this time in the world. I have always taught my son to have compassion and to help, not judge. You never know what brought someone to that point.
Thanks for the reminder!

Melissa at said...

To me, compassion means truly putting yourself in the shoes of others and acting based on kindness and empathy. I lived at a Buddhist center for years and compassion was something that the monks taught me. I love this post/idea!

Melissa said...

Compassion: feeling passionate about your co-dwellers here on earth! Co-mpassion!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful post. Compassion for me is feeling when I see someone or group of people down or struggling. It is so important!

Susan F. said...

SO well said, Kim! I especially love your question to your kids, "How would you feel if...". If we put ourselves in other people's shoes, we are much more likely to treat them with kindness. Sharing this!

Natalie B. said...

Such an awesome and important post. When I hear the word compassion, I think of wanting & acting to help others. :)