The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt. – Leo Buscaglia
Sympathy, Empathy, Compassion and Kindness: Resources from Last Week’s Meeting
Last week we talked about the difference between sympathy and empathy, and how we can be moved to compassionate action even in the face of difficult interactions with others.
We touched on how it can become possible to stay grounded and maintain our boundaries while recognizing and appreciating another person’s pain and humanity.
Bev suggests taking a moment to reflect and/or journal on kindness. Who has shown us unexpected kindness? How might we show kindness to someone who is perhaps being overlooked?
For further reading Bev recommends:
- Compassion: Listening to the Cries of the World, by Christina Feldman
- Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, by Karen Armstrong
Take our Mom’s Morning Retreat Survey!
Steering Committee values your insights, and we invite you to please take a few minutes to give us your feedback on our Mother’s Morning Retreat Survey 2012-2013 if you haven’t done so already.
We’ll have some time at our last meeting, June 6th, to complete surveys, or you can fill out the one we’ve provided here and send it back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d love to hear all thoughts and suggestions (positive and negative) as they’ll help us shape our program for Fall.
See you June 6th, when your Steering Committee will be serving up brunch as we celebrate the end of a wonderful year of exploring mindfulness together.
Have a great week!