Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Salon ~ compassion and carnage

Yesterday, I wrote about Carnage ~ word of the day; today I'll meet with Joy and Evelyn and Alyssa and Donna to discuss compassion.  As you can see in the screen-shot, Joy posted Am I More Compassionate? on her blog this morning.  We'll talk about what she said, including this:
"Compassion for myself pulls me away from fretting about things that are out of my control. Compassion for others pulls me toward actions that might make a difference while working with like-minded people."
I've been reading Willis Johnson's Holding Up Your Corner: Talking about Race in Your Community (2017).  It overlaps with our study of compassion, so today I'll suggest that we in my study group take a look at what Johnson is encouraging us to do.  The actions he suggests will make a difference, like Joy's actions while working with like-minded people.  First, we need to listen.
"People who are hurting need to be affirmed in their hurt; people who are angry need to be affirmed in their anger" (pp. 54, 60).
Bloggers gather in the Sunday Salon — at separate computers in different time zones — to talk about our lives and our reading.


Helen's Book Blog said...

Compassion seems like good word choices given the events of the past few days. Yesterday, with the marches world-wide, felt filled with compassion. From women, men, children, people of all races and sexual persuasions, and people of all ages and faiths.

Dani S said...

It sounds like you and your friends are gearing up to move beyond talk to perform actions in your community.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Absolutely! But my friends and I have already been performing actions in our communities. We have discussed compassion for a year, but we are all active in more than one group. This will be an extension of what we've done before.