This month, 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion is focusing on compassion during sadness and disappointment.
In many ways 2016 has been a tumultuous year, with a referendum in the UK and an election in the USA that deeply divided people. Racism and xenophobia have shown marked rises in both countries and the implications of both votes are being felt around the world.
On top of this, the violent conflict in Syria still continues, and refugees are still struggling to find a place to call home. After the camp at Calais was closed, some children who lived there without parents and were supposed to be moved to safe centres but have reported being forced to work for no money and that they don’t feel safe in their new accommodation.
So, on a global level, there is plenty to feel disappointed about.
Many of us also have day to day disappointments – illness, bereavements, setbacks at work or school, or in some other way. We feel sadness, fear, anger. Sometimes we feel like giving up. Sometimes we close in on ourselves and shut out the world, wallowing in misery and not caring about anyone else.
Yet other times, even though our own suffering, we find it within ourselves to care about the suffering of others. We reach out, both for support and to support.
What makes the difference? If you have a story to tell about a time you reached out to others, even when feeling disappointment or sadness, we’d love to hear it. The link-up is open until the 29th this month, so you have plenty of time to write a post and share it through the blue button below.
How do you respond compassionately when feeling sadness and disappointment? How do you find self-compassion in those circumstances – and why is so it important to do so?
How do you approach someone else’s disappointment or pain with compassion?
These are just few questions to consider, and if you have a different angle, we’d love to hear it.
Remember, the link up is open until the 29th, so get those posts in!