Compassion & My Circle of Friends

I subscribe to “Word for the Day” from Gratefulness.org. The quotes that they send into my email in-box each morning are always thought-provoking, deep and beautiful. Go, subscribe.

I love quotes.

Quotes rarely tell me something new, but they encapsulate it and shrink it down into a manageable size. They say things I’ve heard over and over again, but they say it in a way that pierces my heart like an arrow or grab me by the shirt collar and shakes me. Sometimes they soothe me with their words, or they comfort me with their wisdom. Sometimes they shame me for my own willful ignorance. Sometimes they make me laugh when I recognize myself and my folly. Sometimes the beauty of the lilt and feel and color of the words bring me to tears.

I love quotes.

Today’s quote from Gratefulness.org, if I had heard it years ago, would have puzzled me:

“As we learn to have compassion for ourselves, the circle of compassion for others—what and whom we can work with, and how—becomes wider.” —Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart

Only a few years ago, and maybe only last year, I would have thought, “Ahhh, yes, so that’s why I need to work on that!”

And today, I think, “Ahhh, yes. And isn’t it wonderful?!!!”

I’m a work in progress and I will always be a work in progress. I am imperfect and will remain so. But I am learning to have compassion for myself.

How about you?

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~ by Kimberly Mason on May 27, 2010.

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