On the 20th February, #1000speak will have it’s day.
#1000speak is a blogging movement for compassion. Over a thousand bloggers will be writing about compassion on the same day, in an attempt to bring more balance to world. In an attempt to focus on the beautiful things about humanity. The way we are able to get alongside one another and help each other, empathise with one another and even take action toward making life better for others.
The subject of compassion is one that is close to my heart. A huge part of my purpose in blogging, has always been to improve awareness and understanding about people with ‘invisible’ illness. Why? So that people will have more compassion towards the people in their community who are suffering. Invisible illness sufferers, people with chronic illness or invisible disabilities are not the only people suffering, but they are people whose suffering I understand first hand. I know how desperately frightening, lonely and difficult it can be, living with an illness people neither see or understand. And I want to write words to help people see it, to help people understand it. I hope that my blog, my efforts will make a difference for someone. I hope that their families and close circle might read the words of someone like me, who knows what it is like to deal with the things their loved one is burdened with. I hope that my words might give them access to a new comprehension of how it is for them. It’s why I wrote this post, Imagine. It is still the post that draws the biggest numbers, because it explains chronic illness in a way that any person can understand it. If you are struggling to find a way to explain your illness to your friends and family, share Imagine with them.
When you look at the latin root words for compassion, you will see why compassion is so central to my purpose. Com means with. Pati means suffering. Compassion means to suffer with. It is closely aligned with empathy, but not the same thing. Back in June, I wrote this when I was reflecting on my relationship with religion, it is deeply entwined with my thoughts on compassion, so I thought I’d include it here.
“My soul has been trying to get it right. I try hard to show kindness where ever I can. This is part of the religion of my heart. I try to see all people for who they are without the damage that has been inflicted upon them. I try to bring thoughtfulness and calm. I try to connect and cherish. I try to make the step toward a person rather than take a step back. I try to add value to the world through the children I have brought into it, by helping them build character and strong values. I try to practise compassion and most of the time, I succeed. I believe in choices and consequences and the importance of making sound decisions. I believe that we are all important, regardless of creed or religion. And in my ‘religion’, I think having a good laugh at myself and at anything ridiculous is good for the soul”.
As I prepare for my February 20 post on compassion, I’ll be posting things here on the blog and on the blog facebook page. What the world needs now is more compassion. When we can suffer with each other, regardless of the differences between us, we will find a new road towards peace, love and understanding.
Watch this from Brene Brown: