Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 12 March 2014

Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else's skin. It's the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.  [Frederick Buechner]

I’ve often misunderstood my feelings about another. I have seen them as “good” or “bad” and even “right” or “wrong.” But feeling with another, the willingness to BE in their darkness or to stand in their Light, this is NOT as simple.

Be kind to people whether they deserve your kindness or not. If your kindness reaches the deserving, good for you; if your kindness reaches the undeserving, take joy in your compassion. [James Fadiman, Essential Sufism]

I want simplicity when it comes to others. I want ALWAYS to BE kind and compassionate, sounds nicer than saying I want to BE kind to the kind and compassionate with the compassionate. I can BEcome most indignant when I don’t “get my way” in such things.

This truth is NOT very pretty. Still, it is my truth Today.

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.  [Martin Luther King Jr]

This comes closest to what I really BElieve about Compassion.

I love you, Currie

1 comment:

Rita said...

True compassion and understanding still comes hardest for me with people who think so completely differently than I do. Harder to put yourself in someone else's shoes when you wouldn't be caught dead in them--LOL! ;)