Compassion what is it? On BEing Compassionate.
Posted on May 06 2011
Compassion. I hear that word a lot. What does it mean? What does it require? How does one BE compassionate?
a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who
is stricken by misfortune, accompanied
by a strong desire to alleviate the
I easily feel the sympathy and sorrow part. I always FEEL deeply for those less fortunate, for those who are suffering. And I DO want to do some to alleviate that suffering. But I too often fall short of actually taking action. I fall into that category of thinking "someone else will do it". One thing I have always felt compelled to do is use my gifts to make a difference. To find a way with jewelry to "help" in some way. It started with a bracelet designed to raise money for Breast Cancer research waaaaay back in 2002 and then a bracelet to raise money for aid for the devastation after Hurricane Katrina. Most recently I created a necklace to raise money for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. It sounds noble. It did make a difference...even though small in the great scheme. But it never seems like enough.
But for now...it is what I CAN do. It's something. It's at least using my talents in a positive light, more than just a piece of pretty adornment. Most recently I was asked if I wanted to help a friend of a friend :) raise money for her marathon run to benefit Compassion International. It struck a chord. I love this organization. I love their heart. I love their mission.
Instead of donating proceeds from basic sales in my shop. I chose to design something. And I love it. It is a sterling silver bar that says compassion on one side and has a reminder on the other to pray. It's on a piece of cool leather cord that wraps around your wrist 2 or 3 times.
So what will you do? Will you choose to be compassionate? Will you choose to do SOMETHING?
I love the way Carrie Underwood puts it in her song "Change" - she says:
Because in fact...we can. Just take action and BE compassionate.
(here is the direct link to the bracelet)
The smallest thing an make all the difference - love is alive - Don't listen to them when they say, 'you're just a fool, just a fool, to believe you can change the world'