Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness – they are a sign of strength. My work involves listening to thousands of stories each year involving people in pain and crisis – – many of which directly have involved you or people you know.
I know that everyone lives their own private hell and the content of their hell I neither have the luxury or privilege to value, discount or judge. I encourage you to follow my lead in that statement of truth.
Those we find to be intolerant, intolerant to everything we hold to be precious and dear, and even those who are destructive to our shared environment are those we need to show the most compassion toward. Release your anger and embrace a listening and loving conversation. Model in yourself what you wish to see in others and the world.
Lately much of what I have seen involves people discounting and even rejoicing (gloating) in others’ pain because the pain does not directly involve you or is a pain that you cannot relate. It saddens me to see such a lack of empathy from those I know who are deeply caring in other aspects of their lives. I am also energized – I know that I need to double-down on my efforts to communicate the necessity of compassion for us to live together in a shared world.
I believe everyone is worthy of compassion, even for those who victoriously gloat in the face of others and falsely believe that they themselves will not experience the result of that karma. That is simply untrue with regard to the nature of reality – the cycle will continue, and like a shadow that never departs – those who do not show compassion for those who are in pain are only sowing the seeds of their own future painful harvest. You can do better. We can do better.
I don’t care whatever difficulties we have had or may have. I don’t care what you’re going through. Let’s put everything aside and practice mindfulness, compassion, and kindness together. Regardless of religion or political affiliation, race, gender or sexual-orientation – all are warmly welcomed with an open mind and an open-heart.
May you be happy, may you be well, safe, peaceful and at ease
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