The Wisdoms Project


Compassion


I keep a lot of feelings to myself.  I think others do, too. Therefore, I assume that those I meet daily are struggling with their feelings and problems of life as I am.  I try not to add to their problems.  I try to help where I can.  


       Recognizing the other person’s situation is very important, but it’s not enough.  Having compassion is good.  Showing compassion is much better.  It’s the actions of compassion that change us from being bystanders to truly being our brothers/sisters keepers.


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We are all in the same boat on a stormy sea....
                               and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.
G.K. Chesterton

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No one is an island, entire of itself. Everyone is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were. Anyone's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind. Therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls….it tolls for thee.

John Donne

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Great Spirit, help me never to judge another
                                ....until I have walked many days in their moccasins.
Sioux Indian Prayer

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Be kind….for everyone you meet is fighting a battle.

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A Small Boy Lived by the Ocean.


The boy loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day he learned that there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.  The day of the tide he went down to the beach and began picking up stranded starfish and tossing them back into the sea.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing.  “I’m saving the starfish,” the boy proudly declared.  When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish, he shook his head and said, “I’m sorry to disappoint you young man, but if you look down the beach one way, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see.  And if you look down the beach the other way, it’s the same.  One little boy like you isn’t going to make much of a difference.”

The boy thought about this for a moment.  Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up a starfish, tossed it out into the ocean and said, “I sure made a difference for that one.”

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We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Every human being is your counterpart. Every other person possesses and embodies aspects of yourself….your dreams, your sorrows, your hopes. For each of us there was a time when the world was young….a springtime of spirit that was later tested by the winters of discontent. And in the midst of each of our lives is the haunting shadow of death.

    Therefore, we are all quite alike. Indeed at the core we are all one….all lost and all found….in the same mysterious enterprise that is life.

 Hold this in your heart as you go about your day and the world will cease to be inhabited by strangers….and the burden of life itself will no longer be a process of loneliness.

Daphne Rose Kingma

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The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them….that is the essence of inhumanity.
George Bernard Shaw

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Why is it that people who cannot show feelings presume that that characteristic is a strength and not a weakness?

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Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
    Mohandas Gandhi

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We should be patient with everyone
                                ….but above all with ourselves.

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If we were hanged for everything we did wrong,
there would be very few of us left.
George Westinghouse

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Bumper Sticker Compassion:

The Ten Commandments are not multiple choice.
Better a bleeding heart….than none at all.
I used to be schizophrenic, but now we’re okay.
If Jesus was Jewish, why did he have a Spanish name?
Stomp out violence!
I chose to be gay….the day you chose to be straight.
What if the hokey pokey is really what it’s all about?


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Be kind to your neighbors.  They know where you live.
        Brian Copeland

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Love your neighbor as yourself….but don’t take down the fence.
                                                               Carl Sandburg

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Blessed are the poor in spirit.
Blessed are they that mourn.
Blessed are the meek.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness.
Blessed are the merciful.
Blessed are the pure in heart.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
                                           Matthew 5:3-9
      (The Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.)

 
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When we are infants we need others to survive.
When we are dying we need others to survive.
But here’s the secret:
When we are living we need others to survive.
        Morrie Schwartz
 
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The moral test of government (and people) is how that government (or person) treats those who are in the dawn of life (the children); those who are in the twilight of life (the elderly); and those who are in the shadows of life (the sick and the needy).
                                                                    Hubert Humphrey

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Your greatness is measured by your kindness.
Your education and intellect by your modesty.
Your ignorance by your suspicions and prejudices.
And your caliber is measured
by the consideration and tolerance you have for others.
        William Boetcker

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Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
        James Bovard

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Frequently people think compassion and love are merely sentimental.    
They are much more. They are very demanding. If you are going to
be compassionate, be prepared for action.
Desmond Tutu

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It is not enough to just be compassionate.  You must act.


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When a person is down in the world
        ….an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton  


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I hear much of people’s calling out to punish the guilty
….but very few are concerned to clear the innocent.
    Daniel Defoe

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The child was diseased at birth….stricken with a hereditary ill that only the most vital of people are able to shake off.  I mean poverty….the most deadly and prevalent of all diseases.
    Eugene O’Neill

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Everyone is a damn fool for a couple of minutes every day.
Wisdom consists of not exceeding that limit.
    Elbert Hubbard

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It is important to spend less time on how we look
….and more time on how we see.
    Carmen Rutlen