#1000Speak for Compassion

Image Courtesy: 1000 Voices for Compassion Facebook Group


A noble soul (Yvonne Spence) from a certain corner of the globe started this chain sometime in the last quarter of 2014. Compassion. The only thing that can save the planet. Join this beautiful initiative and speak up for compassion. Over 1200 bloggers around the world have already joined in. All the posts in this series can be read here on this link.

Join the Facebook Page and the Facebook Group for 1000 Voices for Compassion. 

Watch the video to know what this is all about.

Compassion by definition is the emotion that one feels in response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help. Compassion is really the act of going out of your way to help physical, spiritual, or emotional hurts or pains of another.

A few years ago, a young guy was passing by our lane. Suddenly he fell down on the road and started frothing from the mouth. The children of the locality who were playing there started shouting for help. The entire neighbourhood assembled and tried all they could to bring him back to senses. From sprinkling water on his face; to making him hold a key; to making him smell leather belts and shoes. By the time neighbourhood doctor arrived, he was up and walking.

Wasn’t that unconditional love for a fellow being? None of them knew who he was. None of them benefited by bringing him back to senses. But they did. And as they saw him walking out of the block, everyone was happy and content. In the whole process, the onlookers, especially the children, learnt what being compassionate means.

Today, innocent children are being slaughtered or gunned down, females being assaulted brutally, men killed for using their right to freedom of speech, teenagers pulling the trigger out of frustration…this and many more. Bloodshed all along. why are we so angry, frustrated, irritated and intolerant? Why do we not think before spitting venom, picking up sticks, pebbles, guns, bombs or showing off our self defense mechanisms? And after all this, we aren’t happy or content. We don’t need this. Neither you. Nor me. Do we?

Image Courtesy: Pinterest
Image Courtesy: Pinterest

We need to be compassionate towards our fellow beings. We need to be tolerant and mature enough to not ignite at the slightest remarks. Do not confuse compassion with feeling pity or sympathetic. Compassion comes from the heart. It is a genuine feeling you have for a person in pain. Many a times all the other person needs is a listening ear, a bear hug, or a pat at the back. If you can do so without judging them on the basis of their colour, caste, religion, nationality, economic status; you’re fulfilling half the purpose of your life.

I now leave you with this beautiful animal song from Savage Garden. This was what the firstborn shared with me when I told her last night that I will be publishing a post on Compassion today.

Anger … it’s a paralyzing emotion … you can’t get anything done. People sort of think it’s an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling — I don’t think it’s any of that — it’s helpless … it’s absence of control — and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers … and anger doesn’t provide any of that — I have no use for it whatsoever.”

[Interview with CBS radio host Don Swaim, September 15, 1987.]

~~~ Toni Morrison

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32 Replies to “#1000Speak for Compassion”

  1. Norah said it… we need all these reminders of love and compassion. The Animals song was such a big hit in its day… and so apt for this. Thanks for a lovely post

  2. Liked the story you shared. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter in our world and it doesn’t take much to do that! And the thing is that as we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way too!!

  3. Loved the story you shared Rekha! So many acts of compassion in the world yet we share and ficus on the negative! I am hoping #1000speak initiative will bring about a change! So grateful for such beautiful compassionate posts today!

    1. Thanks Aditi for reading. It is true that instead of sharing the small yet positive incidents we focus on the negative ones. A look at the newspaper or on my timeline or on the Twitter trending history, it is all about what is wrong. Not much is spoken about what is right or acts of goodness or compassion. I have made a mental note for myself to reflect on the smallest of acts that make you feel good.

  4. oh yes .. so right. lovely story mam…

    but the hard facts of life and world are that we sometimes do need guns and bombs to bring that peace .. such is the world we live in sadly.

    Compassion is something that we dont see much of these days if only people become teeny weeny more compassionate towards fellow human beings the world will be such a beautiful place .. and so many problems will get solved.

    Thank you for sharing

    1. Bikram, I slightly disagree with you here. It is not that there is dearth of compassion. It is only that wee do not stop to think about it. Or cherish the moment. People do not share stories of the small acts of compassion that they witnessed. But the lesser number of outrageous acts get all the attention in the world. If we stop by and look around with a few minutes to spare, I am sure we can see that goodness does prevail.

    1. Elly, thank you so much for reading. Even I hadn’t heard it before. The daughter is very fond of animal songs. And that’s how she had landed upon this one. But now that she’s nine years old, she understands it much better. 🙂 I wish that our future generation at least is able to make sense of true compassion.

  5. Agree with the message you shared. Something to chew upon — Be kind no matter what. But I know of compassionate people who target others online by sharing loud quotes and rants and attacking individuals. Some of them do this by being misguided by taking up for their friends. Do they even know in their heart that they are causing hurt to another individual whi hasn’t wronged them? Do they really practice what they preach? Food for thought.

    1. Food for thought indeed, Rachna. But then I guess that’s all they can do with the limited information they have. May be that’s being compassionate to the friend without the knowledge that the other person isn’t wrong. May be. I give them the benefit of doubt.

  6. I love that song.:-)
    Good to know kids these days have heard it. They were quite a popular group when I was a teenager.
    Have you seen The Other Sister?
    It is a movie and that was on the soundtrack. A great film about compassion actually.
    Enjoyed your post and glad you could get your daughter’s perspective on what compassion means, to go along with your own.

    1. Thank you for reading! I haven’t seen the movie. Taking note to watch it sometime soon. The kids actually have a very easy definition of compassion. It is being nice to everyone. It is helping others whenever possible. It is listening to a friend’s woes. It is hugging a friend when he/she is upset about something. I wish we didn’t complicate things as we grew up. 🙂

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