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On Compassion #1000speak

We live in a world where we seem to have become desensitised. We hear of wars in countries far away and feel sorry for a moment, maybe a day. We read about torture, of children dying, of people killing one another in the name of religion or ethnicity or just plain stupidity, of children being abused or mistreated. We deal with racism, sexism, discrimination based on abilities or disabilities. And somewhere along the way, maybe to protect ourselves, we stopped taking it in.

We lost that will to help out. Sure, we probably shook our heads in sympathy and chatted about the evils in the world at the lunch table the next day, but did we really do anything about it? Did we make an effort to make even a small change?

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It’s the small acts of kindness and compassion that are a starting point. Not all of us mayย be able to save some of the children in Pakistan or Syria or Nigeria {how I wish we could!}. But we can start by showing compassion to our fellow human beings around us.

We can offer our seat on the train to the tired person standing next to us.

We can spend time to listen to someone with a mental illness non-judgementally.

We can buy a coffee for the person in line behind us.

We can help a neighbour mow their lawn.

Or offer to babysit a busy friend’s kids.

We can let a person go through ahead of us in traffic.

We can volunteer our time with sick kids, the disabled, the elderly or animals.

We can genuinely compliment someone.

We can spend time with an elderly grandparent living by themselves.

Or help the little kid on the street ride their bike.

Most importantly, we can teach the next generation the importance of being kind and compassionate. We can teach them that it is part and parcel of who we are as human beings. Hopefully, this will make the world we live in, a much better place. A place where people begin to pay it forward. A place that is more compassionate and filled with kindness.

After all, it doesn’t take much effort to be kind every day.

How do you show compassion in your daily life?

Do share!

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Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    nabanita
    February 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I think day to day it’s with my maid…For some reason I want to give back to her for what she does to me… I don’t know if it’s compassion or something else but I genuinely have the desire to help her in any way I can…
    nabanita recently posted…Why No One Talks About Compassion Anymore?My Profile

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      Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      February 20, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks for sharing Naba…I think we need acts of compassion daily. It makes others’ lives worth living and ours too.

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    nabanita
    February 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I think day to day it’s with my maid…For some reason I want to give back to her for what she does to me… I don’t know if it’s compassion or something else but I genuinely have the desire to help her in any way I can…
    nabanita recently posted…Why No One Talks About Compassion Anymore?My Profile

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      Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      February 20, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks for sharing Naba…I think we need acts of compassion daily. It makes others’ lives worth living and ours too.

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    roweeee
    February 20, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Sanch,
    It was interesting reading your post as I make my way through the posts on 1000 Voices. I ended up writing about compassion fatigue thinking that it would be a somewhat unique take on the subject but it seems to be quite a popular topic on the couple I’ve seen so far. My personal fatigue came from trying to narrow down what I was going to write about. Here’s a link to my post and I will be following up with a post linking to other participants. This is all so exciting and I can’t wait to read the posts and see what happens xx Rowena
    https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/compassion-fatigue-a-light-bulb-moment/

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    roweeee
    February 20, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Sanch,
    It was interesting reading your post as I make my way through the posts on 1000 Voices. I ended up writing about compassion fatigue thinking that it would be a somewhat unique take on the subject but it seems to be quite a popular topic on the couple I’ve seen so far. My personal fatigue came from trying to narrow down what I was going to write about. Here’s a link to my post and I will be following up with a post linking to other participants. This is all so exciting and I can’t wait to read the posts and see what happens xx Rowena
    https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/compassion-fatigue-a-light-bulb-moment/

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    Nikita
    February 20, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    So true Sanch…If we do even one act of compassion a day we will change the world for the better. The least we can do is treat the people we meet each day with a smile and be appreciative of all others are doing for us. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Followed you via Bloglovin and hope to read your blog more ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Nikita @Njkinny’s World of Books & Stuff
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    Nikita
    February 20, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    So true Sanch…If we do even one act of compassion a day we will change the world for the better. The least we can do is treat the people we meet each day with a smile and be appreciative of all others are doing for us. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Followed you via Bloglovin and hope to read your blog more ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Nikita @Njkinny’s World of Books & Stuff
    Nikita recently posted…#1000Speak ~My neighbour Miss Bose (A Short Story)My Profile

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    Shilpa Garg
    February 20, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Agree, it doesn’t take much to be kind everyday. Small little gestures and acts can make a big difference in somebody’s life!
    Shilpa Garg recently posted…Compassion in Everyday Life #1000SpeakMy Profile

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    Shilpa Garg
    February 20, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Agree, it doesn’t take much to be kind everyday. Small little gestures and acts can make a big difference in somebody’s life!
    Shilpa Garg recently posted…Compassion in Everyday Life #1000SpeakMy Profile

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    ilirianwanderer
    February 20, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Simple, crisp and to the point!

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    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    ilirianwanderer
    February 20, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Simple, crisp and to the point!

    ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Amy@Handbagmafia
    February 21, 2015 at 6:37 am

    This is a wonderful idea- I’m going to join in. I think many of us lack basic compassion-you only have to look at the slogan that got the current government in- stop the boats.
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    Amy@Handbagmafia
    February 21, 2015 at 6:37 am

    This is a wonderful idea- I’m going to join in. I think many of us lack basic compassion-you only have to look at the slogan that got the current government in- stop the boats.
    Amy@Handbagmafia recently posted…Mound of ContentionMy Profile

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    Suzy
    February 21, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Small acts make big differences. Just reaching out to another human being can make a difference in their life. Nicely done.
    Suzy recently posted…#1000 Speak – Compassion the Soul ConnectionMy Profile

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    Suzy
    February 21, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Small acts make big differences. Just reaching out to another human being can make a difference in their life. Nicely done.
    Suzy recently posted…#1000 Speak – Compassion the Soul ConnectionMy Profile

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    Kathy
    February 21, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Great simple suggestions. I think when we practice compassion we get better at it – it is only compassion if it is active. Thanks for popping over to my post and blog too.
    Kathy recently posted…Compassion in the Year of the SheepMy Profile

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    Kathy
    February 21, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Great simple suggestions. I think when we practice compassion we get better at it – it is only compassion if it is active. Thanks for popping over to my post and blog too.
    Kathy recently posted…Compassion in the Year of the SheepMy Profile

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    Her Headache
    February 21, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I have been more inspired, this past month, that I have since I began to blog. As a visually impaired woman, I rely on compassion daily from others. I hope I can return the favor.

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    Her Headache
    February 21, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I have been more inspired, this past month, that I have since I began to blog. As a visually impaired woman, I rely on compassion daily from others. I hope I can return the favor.

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    pins & ashes
    February 21, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    True, compassion needs to be inculcated.. the environment children grow in should be implicit of this so that they learn,.. and they imitate.. and carry it all their lives..

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    pins & ashes
    February 21, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    True, compassion needs to be inculcated.. the environment children grow in should be implicit of this so that they learn,.. and they imitate.. and carry it all their lives..

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    Inderpreet
    February 23, 2015 at 12:07 am

    I agree with the quote, and your simple doable suggestions. Such a easy way to make a better life.
    Inderpreet recently posted…#SnapYourWeek 8My Profile

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    Inderpreet
    February 23, 2015 at 12:07 am

    I agree with the quote, and your simple doable suggestions. Such a easy way to make a better life.
    Inderpreet recently posted…#SnapYourWeek 8My Profile

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