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LET’S FILL THE WORLD WITH COMPASSION AND CONNECTION!!
What does connection mean to you? How can we create compassion and connection in this world?
Here’s what a few famous people had to say about it.
Centuries ago, John Donne wrote this poem, which is still loved by many of us:
No Man is an Island
No man is an island entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less,
as well as if a promontory were,
as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were;
any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.
We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.
- The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.
- No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
Martin Luther King Jr:
It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it; they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.
I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship
Our parents, our children, our spouses, and our friends will continue to press every button we have, until we realize what it is that we don’t want to know about ourselves, yet. They will point us to our freedom every time.
We began with a poem, and so we’ll end with one too. This one is by is also centuries old and is by the Sufi poet Rumi:
THE GUEST HOUSE
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture, still,
treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
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