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Her Happy Place | #1000Speak

Her Happy Place

She drinks in the morning’s gentle glow,
watching rich plums, fade into rouge, orange peaks
unfolding,
and finally bright yellow
chases away lingering tendrils of inky night skies.
Even the distant mountains’ craggy peaks
seem to stretch a little
to feel dawn’s embrace.
Her puppy lifted his sleepy head once
giving a half-hearted yip at birds
singing their morning tribute
in the maple trees.
She sipped her coffee from her chipped mug,
toes curled on her porch’s rail.
Pink polish matched the swaying the posies.
She smiled,
settling into her happy place.

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Welcome to the 20th of March, which is when #1000 Speak for Compassion like to spread joy across the internet. Today is also International Day of Happiness, which I think is an absolutely brilliant pairing.

Write something about your happiness, finding happiness, happiness in general, or compassion. Be sure to link up below, we want to read what your thoughts.

Other ways to get involved:
Join 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion on Facebook
Visit the 1000Speak blog
Follow @1000Speak on Twitter
Use the #1000Speak hashtag across social media.



Aloha y’all!

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A Year of Compassion #1000Speak

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It was only supposed to be for one day. One day where bloggers, vloggers, writers, poets, and folks in general came together to try to bring a little light into the universe. Just one day to make a change the way we know how. Our words. .

Then people started showing up. More than we’d ever imagined. They enthusiasm was infectious. I got caught up in it. I even volunteered to make a video that felt way beyond my skill set at the time, but I wanted to do it. Needed to do it. That too was a learning experience for me. These mostly strangers bonded over a need to make the world happier. One little corner of the internet at a time. They wanted to be a part of this village. They wanted to show the world that there’s more than violence, hate, hurt, and harm.

There’s love here. Peace. Hope. Quiet whispered prayers at night. A mother kissing a child’s brow. A father tickling a toddler to giggles. Brothers and sisters kicking up sand and laughing. Friends sharing a smile. Lovers embracing under a sunny sky. A community across a global scale sharing in a hope, that we can be that change we want to see. We can bring some happiness into the world.

We must remind ourselves and each other that life is dark, but there is light too. We’re programmed as people to remember the negative. The hurts. The bad things. Remembering those bad things means potentially avoiding pain in the future, so our minds wraps itself around the negative and holds on too tightly. We have to breathe deeply and put ourselves in a more positive state of mind. Turn away from the Dark Side and embrace the force. So to speak.

For a year, we’ve worked on that. Talking about different aspects of that light like compassion, hope, and love. Bringing together people from all over the world, who just want to share joy instead of tears.

It was only supposed to be one day. It’s been a year. A year in compassion. And I’m so proud to have been a part of this journey.

This month, 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion continues to work toward a better world with a focus on Celebrating A Year of CompassionWrite a relevant post and add it to the link-up right here by clicking the blue button below.

Here’s how to get involved:

Join 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion on Facebook

Visit the 1000Speak blog

Follow @1000Speak on Twitter

Use the #1000Speak hashtag across social media.

 

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#1000Speak | Compassion in the Virtual World

compassion in the virtual worldSometimes I get so very tired. There’s a constant inundation of negative news and that news brings some of the harshest, angriest criticisms and critiques. Especially if these conversations revolve around topics that can be personal or touchy– race relations, politics, weight, reproduction issues, the list goes on and on.

There’s a tendency to forget that behind these words, clacking on these keys, are real people. In a video, the people who are vlogging or creating content are actual people who exist in the world. Looking at life through a screen gives some people a sense of distance and let’s them feel comfortable to be as cruel as they want to be without any actual thought to the effect those words can have. They are attacking the words and the ideas, right? Not the person. (We’ll ignore for the moment those who immediately go to the personal attacks on weight, race, etc. They’ve already proven that they are just trying to cut someone down.)

But words and ideas are not divorced from the people who say them. Even though it’s just online, a person is writing those thoughts. Even if the argument is fundamentally different than my feelings on the subject, I try to find a way to address it that isn’t a cold dressing down of that person. But there’s times that it’s too much for me. That my emotions are swelling in my throat and I just want to angrily punch my feelings into the screen.

I choose to walk away. Deciding to not engage, can be a compassionate act in itself. It’s not always necessary to weigh in on a subject, and I try to really pick and choose my battles. In it all, I try to remember that even if the idea seems absolutely moronic there’s a person sharing those thoughts and I don’t have to be damaging and cruel in my response even if he or she doesn’t give the world that same respect. I don’t have to be “that guy.”

How do you choose to show the world compassion in your online life?

This is for the 1000 Voices for Compassion linkup. We’ve been doing a quarterly linkup and having a monthly time where we can post about compassion of the topic or the topic of the month. This month we’re talking about compassion. If you’re written a post, please link it up here. And if you haven’t written anything, but you want to read what others have written, go there as well.

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