Category Archives: compassion

#1000Speak – Forgiveness


You’ll have to forgive me, this post isn’t really very good.  You see, I so much want to participate in this month’s 1000 Voices Speak for compassion, which is about forgiveness this month, but I can’t narrow the topic down enough to make a normal sized book, let alone a blog post.

At first I wanted to start from the view point of religion, even though I make it a point to never discuss religion on my blog.  You see, I once read that while some religions say God can forgive all sins, others say God can only forgive those transgressions against God’s own laws, that if we hurt somebody it lays heavy on our soul until we get the person who we hurt’s forgiveness.  That’s a great angle.  I mean, we can all prostrate ourselves in front of an infinitely powerful being, but can we for our neighbor?  Our friend?  Our enemy?  This also gives the victim a lot of power. Continue reading

A Smile a Day – Day 7 – Genius


When I was a kid I was fascinated by Albert Einstein. By 12 I was reading simplified versions of his science. By 15 I was reading his philosophy. As a young adult adult I went through his most well-known theories line by line to ensure that I understood them. As an older adult I have gone back to his Humanism and philosophy.

Einstein was not only a genius in seeing the universe with his curved space physics, he was a genius at seeing the universe as a place for compassion. There are large books full of his writings on humanism and compassion. Here are a few quotes for you to ponder: Continue reading

A Smile A Day – Day 5 – Traffic Stop


Everyone in the world
Seems out on the road
Cars full of people
Trucks carrying a load

We’re all in a hurry
We just can’t wait
To get to our homes
Can’t you see that I’m late? 

The light turns green
And everyone goes
The car in front of me
Starts but then slows 

With a wave of thanks
A car leaves the store
He’s been waiting to go
For ten minutes or more  Continue reading

A Smile a Day – Intro

Dinae and Brady

Yesterday a friend on Facebook put up a post pretty much telling people to stop being such jerks online. This is a person who doesn’t go off the deep-end with political or (exclusive) religious posts. She usually posts very beautiful photography. Even if it’s a spider (one of her favorites), the photos are gorgeous.  She adds beauty to the world, never hate. I put the following up as a comment on her post (I deleted some personal stuff here):

There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all make it a goal to make at least one person smile every day.

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