The Overwhelming Power of Compassion

I have been privileged to be an observer of human compassion at work…..and see its power.

This is an upclose and personal experience but we will probably soon see how compassion is going to go big scale when we see a movement toward the millions of Syrian refugees and their acceptance to many countries around the world.  The recent image of the little boy on the beach is powerful and will move millions of people to reach out…….and demand that their governments reach out. Let’s hope they do.

My personal experience is with a sudden health issue, not immediate family but extended family.  As the story spread about multiple health issues, hundreds of people stepped up.  Whether it was with donations, prayers or well wishes, it was huge and contributed to a significant reduction of human suffering, perhaps even recovery.

Yes, we can reduce human suffering.  We can reach out to people in difficult circumstances, offer help, indicate well wishes, prayers, whatever you can do.  Some people can do more, some less, but it is all equally important.  By reducing suffering, we can change the world.

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”
Dalai Lama

Love’s the only engine of survival”

Leonard Cohen


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