We’ve arrived at a new month, October! This month we’ll be sharing a lot about compassion. We talk about being sympathetic to people we meet, feeling sorry for them, empathizing with them and say that we understand what they’re going through. But do we really open our hearts to support them in their situations? So this month we’ll be taking a look at some of those challenges that evoke those feelings of sorrow and commiseration in us as well as the part that many people forget: doing something about our feelings, especially and specifically the ones that are focused on helping others not hurting them.
Compassion is one of the things that can be expressed around the world regardless of what culture you belong to, what beliefs you have or what language you speak. Some people and nations around the world have declared that they’re all hard-core and don’t care about the softer stuff of life, but it’s been shown over and over again that what really makes a positive difference around the world, a difference that makes the world a better place for future generations, are things like love and compassion. War, hatred and violence make a difference too, they just don’t make the type of difference I want any children growing up in.
We’ve been blessed to be so different. Being different is really a gift because it means that we need each other to live our lives in this world and when we need each other it’s much easier to open our arms to others and accept them into our lives as opposed to trying to do it all just because we can. But because some of us are so different, night and day different, in so many things it’s important to learn what really brings us together, things like natural disasters. Natural disasters are really good at leveling the playing field and bringing things into perspective; we’re all the same because we have nothing. But we quickly learn how to make it to tomorrow together because it turns out we’re really not that different after all.
So this month, as much as we’ll be talking about what makes us different and how we can better be honestly compassionate with people in different situations, we’ll also be talking about what brings us all together. Together we’ll make the world a better place.
“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.” Dalai Lama