In the presence

Of hard situations,

Sprinkle some compassion.

They may not crumble,

But just might soften

Enough for you

To move a little further.

Hurt and fear are twin fires,

We pass through to get to liberation.

Do not ignore them.

But the more you feed them,

The more you burn.

Instead, fill your water buckets with

Forgiveness and Compassion,

Then keep moving forward.

How is it that I can understand when the French woman explains the menu;

When the Spanish man tells me where to go; 

And when the Danish couple talk about their children; 

All in their own language;

Yet we misunderstand each other when we both ask for love and compassion, in plain English?

There are no isolated events or words. All actions and speeches are part of a larger unfolding¬†and conversation. Yet, we tend to judge individual actions, events and conversations. When a driver brakes suddenly or your partner declares, “This is not working,” a typical response is to damn them to hell or launch a blaming game. Both are judgments and block learning and possibility.
Compassion opens up learning and reveals possibility.
Consider your most recent actions and words. What larger events and conversations are they a part of? Are they always in alignment with those larger goals? What will happen tomorrow because of your actions and words today? What if we invite our families, friends, clients, colleagues, and fellow citizens into this inquiry about being responsible for manifesting our greatest possibilities?
There might be less road rages and breakups.