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Bridges

The challenge I am keen to master is the art of blending compassion with unwavering pursuit of truth.

Today, that looks like feeling genuinely sorry not just for the cabinet nominees but even for the president himself, all caught like deer in headlights without any idea how to competently do their jobs, with all the world watching and so many ridiculing. What a horrible sinking sensation I would have in the pit of my stomach. There was a moment when each one had the choice to decline or accept this role. I, too, might easily have become ensnared in “fake it till you make it” and not now know how to step down. I might even be unable to admit to my nearest and dearest, or even to myself, just how out of my depth I had suddenly found myself.

Obviously that compassion cannot sway me into accepting for one moment their incompetence at the helm. But seeing their humanity has the power to shape all I say and do. Instead of being sucked into the bottomless pit that is ridiculing their lack of knowledge, today I choose to say about each one: “it is clear this individual does not possess the requisite experience. What other options do we have?”

The marches yesterday were our rallying cry, and now the work begins in each of us, in our homes, in our families and circles of friends, at our workplaces, and rippling outward into our towns, cities, states and country and world. We have an enormous opportunity to transcend party lines in the current political climate. I commit myself to building bridges.

Anger Unveiled

I do a lot of thinking about anger. How to express it, how to channel it, when to restrain it at all costs, how best to apologize for it, how to forgive it in others, and naturally how to describe it.

I kind of figured I had the name of the beast down even if I was still working on a successful battle strategy. So it was a big surprise to me this morning to fumble my way into not one but two new (to me, anyway) definitions of anger, both of which double as anger diffusers, both of which are so simple as to fit comfortably together in a 15-word sentence. (Shut up, that’s short for some of us!)

Way cool, huh?

Here goes:

Anger is the perception of having reached the limits of one’s own compassion and imagination.

I am toying with the idea of adding “sense of humor” in there, too. What do you think?

(And now a gratuitous photo.)

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