The value of small actions

“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”
~Emily Dickinson (from “If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking”)

We tend to value grand gestures and outwardly heroic deeds, but it’s often the small actions we take to help others that make the biggest difference in their lives and in the world around us on a regular basis. Small actions of kindness and compassion repeated regularly and faithfully can heal the world around us.

 

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The secret history of our enemies

The secret history of our enemies

“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It’s so easy to judge each other from what we see on the outside. We forget that their difficult words and actions are likely driven by the pain and trauma of their history. If we could see the pain hidden beneath the surface of every person we encountered, it would re-frame our judgment of them entirely.

 

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How to change your life

How to change your life

“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.” ~Christopher K. Germer

We often treat self-compassion as an optional treat for when we have the time and energy for it, but self-compassion should be front and center of the way we treat ourselves. It not only radically changes our lives for the better, it overflows into how we treat others to make the world around us a better place too.

 

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Serving the world

Serving the world

“We can be of service by bringing some kindness, care, groundedness, and balance to those around us.” ~Sebene Selassie

In a world so filled with war, pain, and disasters, it’s easy to feel helpless to make any difference at all. I keep reminding myself that any difference I want to make starts right here with how I treat the people around me.

 

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Awe stretches the heart

Awe stretches the heart

“When suffering constricts the heart, awe stretches it back out, making us more compassionate, more loving, more present.” ~Valarie Kaur

I love this image of awe restoring a constricted heart! How often do you allow yourself to truly experience awe as an adult? Perhaps we would all be well served by seeking it out and immersing ourselves in awe more often.

 

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