“This is going to be the best Christmas ever.” This is what my daughter told me this weekend as we brought out our Christmas tree, shopped for some new strings of lights, and hung the ornaments on our tree. We’ve been easing our way into our Christmas preparations. We like to take it slow, focusing…Continue Reading “This Christmas”
So. Here we are. The election is over and you would have to live under a rock to be unaware of the climate this morning. Sure, about half of the people in the U.S. are mighty pleased with themselves this morning, but the other half are devastated. I don’t do politics here on the blog….Continue Reading “The Morning After”
We can easily strike up a debate about the inherent nature of humans. Are we inherently good? Or are qualities like goodness, kindness, and compassion learned behaviors? Are they the product of nature or nurture? It’s easy to look at today’s headlines about the tragic events plaguing our world, and say no, there is no good. …Continue Reading “Our Inherent Good – A #1000Speak Post”
It has been a week of such sadness. I’m sure most of you know of the terribly sad and tragic headlines that have filled our news feeds this week. My heart is also heavy for people in my life who are grieving the loss of family and beloved companions, people who are struggling with illness,…Continue Reading “#10Thankful – A Heavy Heart”
It’s 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion link-up time again! This month I’m “guest hosting” over at the 1000Speak blog. I have a guest post up over there, A Home Remedy for the World, so please hop over and check it out. You can also link your own post via the linky tool there. Later this week,…Continue Reading “#1000Speak – A Home Remedy for the World”
Somehow, another month has passed and here we are at the 20th of the month – time for another 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion link-up! I honestly don’t know if I’ll make it in with a post this month, but at the very least, here is your avenue to link your own post and check…Continue Reading “#1000Speak April Link-Up: Compassion and Vulnerability”
What makes you happy?
No, it’s not a trick question. I’m serious. Sit down. Close your eyes and think about it for a few minutes.
Now, answer the question: What makes you happy?
The answer, of course, will differ for everyone. The things, experiences, even people that bring us joy are as varied as we are. Maybe you said your family or friends make you happy. Maybe it’s seeing your grandchildren’s faces on the computer screen when you Skype with them. Maybe you said ice cream makes you happy or a walk on the beach or shopping or your dog. Maybe you said that kindness and compassion make you happy. Maybe it’s the smell of cookies baking or your Grandmother’s pot roast on a Sunday afternoon.
No matter what your answer, it’s a good one.
Let’s keep going. I’m out on a limb here, but my suspicion is that you – like most people – listed outside sources for your happiness. Am I right? But did you think of anything within yourself or anything about yourself that makes you happy?Continue Reading "Choose Happiness – A #1000Speak Post"
I want to tell you a story.
It’s a simple story – very short, truly sweet. It’s the story of a little girl who saw someone in need and acted with compassion. This little girl was on the school recess yard with a friend, playing whatever things little girls do on the school recess yard at lunchtime.
It was one of those days in the very late fall where some people feel cold and others feel warm. The second little girl had left her coat in the classroom and was cold. And so the first little girl removed her own coat and gave it to her friend to wear until the end of recess.
That little girl – the one who gave away her coat – is my daughter.
My husband and I learned what she did from a teacher who had witnessed it firsthand. The whole thing took seconds. There was no debate, no pretense; she just saw a need and acted upon it. It very nearly brought me to my knees and most certainly brought me to tears.Continue Reading "Celebrating One Year of Compassion – A #1000Speak Post"
“Sir, you can return when we re-open the warming shelter this evening.” She knew that he would not; turning him out into a blizzard was an act even the devil would find unthinkable.
He squared his shoulders, willing the lump in is throat and the tears behind his eyes not to betray him. “I understand.”Continue Reading "Six Sentence Stories – The Blizzard"
I’m visiting over at Hasty Words today to talk about what I think it means to #BeReal. And about a good pair of jeans.
Continue Reading "#BeReal – LISA LISTWA | hastywords"
Not too long ago, a friend told me I was brave.
I think the word she said was brave… she admired my chutzpah in posting my whole and actual weight in a group setting focused on lessening our overall gravitational pull.
The compliment did not set well with me. What she couldn’t have known is that mere seconds before I saw her message, I clicked off my own desperate and panicked message to the group moderator asking him to please and immediately pull the image of my whole and actual weight…