I know I've got several non-blogger readers, and I recognize how absurd this may sound, but I have real friends in the online world. I chat with them, play games with them, send them pics, share triumphs and deep sadnesses. There are a even a few to whom I tell my secrets and confess what I wouldn't to another friend in person.
Among the other bloggers whom I am privileged to befriend are some amazingly intelligent, compassionate, and funny women and men. They amaze me, inspire me, and make me laugh daily.
A few weeks ago, a dear blogger friend wrote a post about her anger and frustration and heartbreak over the unending and horrific violence in this world.
Lizzi wrote in her article We ALL Need The Village:
Which makes US the village, and it’s a job we need to be more careful about getting right. We need to keep a look-out for one another, let ourselves care about strangers, act on behalf of those who are helpless, and encourage everyone we know to do the same.
If we make our Village strong enough perhaps the heartbreak headlines will become fewer. Perhaps people will behave more responsibly, knowing that others are keeping an eye on them. Perhaps there will be more respect for one another, and a soul-deep recognition of each person as someone worthwhile. Perhaps the world will become kinder and more compassionate.
Perhaps it will all be okay…
Because together we’re stronger, and between us all, we CAN make a difference. Perhaps the difference between life and death. It would be a great start, so I challenge you to try.
These are stormy times.
Get out there and BE the village.
Then another beautiful blogger of our tribe, Yvonne, said, Yes! And let's walk the walk! and set about founding 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. (Yeah, that's a link to a Facebook page. Go join!) We hit the halfway point in less than a week and are currently going strong at 900+.
On February 20, 2015, 1000+ bloggers from around the world will publish articles on compassion: compassion for self, compassion for others, compassion for the Earth. Compassion in any form.
Read the headlines. Look out your window. Walk down the street. You already know why. I don’t have to list and link the stories here. You already know. Far too many days I see the news and find myself wondering, “What is wrong with people?” We can sit and try to answer that or we can prove that there is so much right with people. It’s out there. Compassion, kindness…it exists.
What this world needs, IMHO, is compassion in many different voices, from many different backgrounds, coming together to improve our overall communication. Not just with proper grammar, and you know, 'complete sentences' but also with terrible jokes and borderline appropriate behavior.I agree. What I'd add is that as hippie-like and amorphous as it sounds, I believe in positive energy. I believe it makes a difference. Yes, we will show what compassion looks like in our own voices, we will honor each other, and we may even urge others to action, but our combined positive energy will also have some effect on the seemingly inescapable negativity in today's world. The pain and the struggle and the violence. We will be an antidote.
One of my favorite books in the whole wide world is A Wrinkle In Time. Have you read it? Remember when Mrs. Whatsit transformed into the beautiful centaur on Uriel to show the children the terrible black shadow? And how the Happy Medium showed how it covered the Earth so they would understand the need to stand and fight Evil? Then the children brainstormed great minds from our planet who fought Evil through learning and teaching and...compassion.
I'm no great mind, but I'll play my part.
If any non-bloggers out there want to participate, you can also join the Facebook group and produce something demonstrating compassion on February 20. Write an article, tweet a thought (#1000Speak), create a video, post a photograph, draw a picture. Put it out there on the Interwebs or share it with a small group.
Be part of the positive energy. Be part the antidote.