Sunday Thought For The Day

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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} December 27, 2009 at 2:29 am

HI Lance,
I read about “charter for compassion” at lisis’s blog and joined immediately. I feel so good that so mnay people have joined this much needed cause.
All good and positive feelings come from within our hearts first…Compassion if felt in the ehart will manifest itself in our lives and that of others too….What a wonderful that would be….Like i told LIsis…if my wishes had wings “love and peace” would be my only wishes for this and all seasons to come….
Lots of love and Seasons greetings to you and your family,
.-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s Last Fabulous Post ..Take Advantage Of Five Things{Inspiration from Prophet Mohammed(S)} =-.


Jeanne December 27, 2009 at 4:10 am

Blessings and may 2010 be a kind and compassionate world for us all.


Lisis December 27, 2009 at 5:51 am

Lance, you cannot imagine how thrilled I am to see the Charter for Compassion here. I would love it if every blogger shared it with their readers. Even if only a small portion of each of our readers read it and signed it, becoming a part of this great social network for peace, I believe that would be a great start.

I love how the people, the voices, and the accents are so diverse in the video, but the message and feeling is always the same… we can do better. The time has come to leverage our interconnectedness for something that benefits us all. Cooperation and collaboration will yield much better results than competition.

Every major leap in humanity started off as a dream that most people thought would be impossible to achieve. Being willing to share a common dream is a great first step towards progress.

Thank you, Lance, for sharing the dream!
.-= Lisis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe: Alone =-.


Henri @ Wake Up Cloud December 27, 2009 at 6:07 am

This rocked! Gave me goosebumps actually. A nice way to start the day. I’m off to check out their website. Just found yours so keep rocking!
.-= Henri @ Wake Up Cloud´s Last Fabulous Post ..Guest Post Roundup #1: Passion, Letting Go and Health =-.


LisaNewton December 27, 2009 at 6:17 am

What a wonderful way to start the week between Christmas and New Year’s, when we rejoice in the season, look back at how our year was, and think about the coming year.

Everyone should put compassion back in their lives.

Thank you, Lance.
.-= LisaNewton´s Last Fabulous Post ..Anatomy of the Electric Fountain in Beverly Hills =-.


Laurie December 27, 2009 at 6:34 am

This was great Lance. It stirred my heart but also made me think. Compassion ….when does it take the back seat? Can a society be compassionate and just at the same time? Can justice and compassion exist arm in arm? For example, A child is molested and killed. Can her perpetrator be treated with compassion and executed at the same time? I think this is done by the way a society executes but others would say that executing is not compassionate.
Example 2- A young girl is raped and is now pregnant. Would having compassion mean supporting her in an abortion? What about being compassionate for unborn baby who has no voice? How is compassion shown through an abortion?
Is compassion tolerance, understanding, supporting, accepting? Whay is it and what is it not? When does compassion take the back seat? When do we show compassion no matter what? How does one determine that some other virtue take precedence?

Just thought I would stir the pot a bit….Have fun with this one Lance!


Lynn December 27, 2009 at 6:38 am

Charter for Compassion – a wonderful idea. When I used to manage people at a large corporation (a job I disliked for the most part) – I told my boss that one day, that I treat people the way that I like to be treated. You can never go wrong with that.
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Update =-.


Mikela December 27, 2009 at 7:04 am

Thank you for sharing this. All I can say is a loud and hearty AMEN!


Jay Schryer December 27, 2009 at 7:41 am

I love the Charter or Compassion…the idea behind it and the execution of it. I think it’s a great idea, and the time is now. I love how it encourages a personal responsibility in people. If we can all live up to the ideals of the charter, then the world will be a better place for all of us. I’m so proud to be a part of it; it really feels like being a part of the solution (as opposed to being part of the problem), and I am hopeful that it will continue to grow and reach more and more people. So thank you for helping to spread the message!
.-= Jay Schryer´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Christmas Story =-.


Jannie Funster December 27, 2009 at 8:17 am

I love the thought of dethroning myself, to think of another person first.

But… to me there is a flaw in this whole credo — the term “enemies.” How can such a term exist if there is true unifying compassion for each and every human being? How does one single out who is an enemy and who is not? Do we all have to agree who the enemy is? And does not the very judgement of another human being as an enemy defy the whole concept of compassion?? What am I missing here? Why does enemy seem such an out-of-place word for me in this credo?

However, as always — my dear Lance, YOU rock in more ways than 100 and love and charity begin in ME, and my love and compassion is all I can let ripple out to the world.
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Peanuts Christmas Song For You =-.


suzen December 27, 2009 at 9:13 am

Hi Lance!
This is the BEST thing to take forward with us into 2010 and beyond! I am so enthusiastic about this “movement” as a gentle way to wake people up to the very fundamental act of being human. I couldn’t sign up fast enough!!!

Just last night I was reading an article about the internet being the best instrument to bring about the changes needed for a global peace program, to further “awakenings” in people, to bring about a conscious Oneness in our purpose and restore sustainability. And here you are this morning with this PERFECT video to spread around the word/concept etc! AWEsome! It is is starting – right here – right now!

I am forever grateful to have “met” you! You are like a one-man epicenter that sends precious and much needed information out in glorious ripples throughout cyberspace – FANTASTIC job, Lance!


Joanna Sutter December 27, 2009 at 9:19 am

What a great message. I’ll have to check out this organization. Thanks for sharing this video with us, Lance.
.-= Joanna Sutter´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday School =-.


Audra Krell December 27, 2009 at 9:32 am

I had never heard of this movement before. I’m touched by the authenticity of the people who speak in the video, they aren’t just actors, but humans with a passionate cause! : ) I like this because it reminds us of the golden rule. Not just something we grew up with our parents or Mr. Rogers saying, but a true and simple way of living life that can change everything. It’s an easy filter to run before you speak and treat people badly, and even after, when we mess up, we can apologize and seek forgiveness for not treating others the way we would like to be treated.
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..Santa Save Me =-.


Hilda December 27, 2009 at 9:37 am

Wow Lance, I hadn’t heard of this so thanks for introducing me to it. As Suzen said, what better to bring into 2010! I’m off to check it out 🙂
.-= Hilda´s Last Fabulous Post ..The A – Z of Happiness: G is for . . . =-.


Marisa (Loser for Life) December 27, 2009 at 9:53 am

Wow, wouldn’t that be a wonderful world to live in if everyone took this message to heart?! Utopia 🙂
.-= Marisa (Loser for Life)´s Last Fabulous Post ..Food And Family =-.


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now December 27, 2009 at 10:26 am

Alleviate the suffering for our fellow creatures helps us improve our own happiness. It’s a win win. The problem is our ego. We feel that if we give too much we will lose out. The thing is the more we give the more love we receive.
.-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..Hard, Fun and Beautiful – Dancing Delight Edition =-.


Natalia Burleson December 27, 2009 at 10:28 am

Hey Lance, Hope that you and your fam had a very merry Christmas filled with lots of love and laughter! Memories in the making!

Thanks for sharing this. I had never heard of it before. I like Jannie’s comment! So can I just say Ditto?! 🙂

Hope that you have a wonderful Sunday!

.-= Natalia Burleson´s Last Fabulous Post ..Still feeling kinda groovy! =-.


CG Walters December 27, 2009 at 10:41 am

as always, Wonderful, Lance!!
Continued blessings and inspiration to you in 2010!!
.-= CG Walters´s Last Fabulous Post ..Illuminate the Earth =-.


Laura Neff - Life Leadership Coach December 27, 2009 at 11:22 am

Wow, Lance. This is so powerful! One part that really struck me was the “private and public” aspect…that it’s incumbent upon us to practice compassion (ahimsa!) both externally and internally, when others are watching, and when we’re alone with only ourselves and our thoughts.

Thank you for another stirring addition to The Jungle of Life!

Peace & Light to you, my friend!


Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker December 27, 2009 at 11:22 am

Lance, thanks for sharing this video. Compassion is such a great lesson and a great way to move forward as a world. Compassion, like all great teachings, begins with the individual. As one person changes so do all of those around him/her causing a ripple effect around the world one person at a time. Have a glorious 2010. Compassion starts with the Self.
.-= Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker´s Last Fabulous Post ..Survivors Can Thrive! Mini Carnival: Holiday Survival Tips For Survivors =-.


Evita December 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I have not yet heard about the Charter of Compassion, so thank you so much for posting this video Lance. I had chills up my spine the whole the I watched it. It was so beautiful and so powerful, and so, so incredible to see people (all of us) coming together like this to bond, unite, break down the barriers and just return to our fundamental nature – not an eye for an eye, not revenge, and not ego-driven action – but love, love that pours into the acts and thoughts of compassion.

I hope many, many people see this, hear this and reflect on these words today, and take them for the beauty that they instill in this world and in each of us.
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..Book Review: Angels – A Pop-Up Book =-.


Mindful Mimi December 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Very thought provoking. Compassion, empathy… I always wondered why such words had to be so complicated. A word like Love is so much easier. English not being my native language, I always found certain words confusing. Compassion is one of them, empathy another.
Compassion. Com and passion. Come with passion. But the dictionary gives me a certain negative connotation. It talks about misery and sorrow that has to be alleviated.
Empathy. Also confused me because it’s the same as sympathy but has a much less sympathetic ring to it.
Whereas love is a 4 letter word, and the dictionary only says good things about it.
So to me, any of those words just translate into love 🙂 I like simplifying things 🙂 Love for myself and others, love for what people do, love for those trying to help others, etc. If we all lived with a little more love in our hearts and sent it out into the universe there would be no need for words like this 🙂 But it’s goo they are there nonetheless…
Have a great start of the week.
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday laugh =-.


Tess The Bold Life December 27, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I signed up at Lisis’s blog as well. Growing up Catholic compassion was drilled into us. That’s a good thing.
I also agree with Jannie on the word enemy. If we are all one we are all the enemy and if we are all one we’re also all compassion. Hope that makes sense. Wasn’t there a quote somewhere that said something about “I’ve found the enemy and it is myself?” Anyway I think it’s all good:)
.-= Tess The Bold Life´s Last Fabulous Post ..Happy Holidays from The Bold Life =-.


Nadia - Happy Lotus December 27, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Hi Lance,

Thank you so much for putting this here. Compassion is so vital and so important. Even though there may be visible differences among people, we are all one and we all are longing for the same things. We are all connected to each other and compassion recognizes the unity of mankind. All the “isms” that divide us only cause more harm. Only love will heal the world and we need to start being love because we cannot allow ourselves to descend much lower than we already have.
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..An Honest and Open Look at Love =-.


Lance December 27, 2009 at 8:23 pm

@Zeenat – The basis behind this movement just all feels so right. With more focus on compassion, wow, great things can happen. When we listen to our heart, we see that we are indeed all part of this same world. Lisis is a sweetheart for spreading the word on this, too. And it’s so good to know you are on board – although I know you were even before you had heard of this movement, as compassion is something that just shines through from your soul always…

@Jeanne – Thank you.

@Lisis – Lisis, much like Zeenat, you have always shined the characteristics that this movement is all about. What a beautiful thing that is! And the more people that are aware of this, the more this idea of compassion and peace just continue to be more in the forefront of our minds (and hearts). And the video, with such a diverse group of people really brings home that point that we are all one, and we are all connected. Lisis, your love and light around this are a gift, so thank you for being here today to share your beautiful thoughts…

@Henri – It’s great to have you here today, Henri! In fact, I think I have seen you around, so it’s great to make a connection. When you really listen to the message in this video, it touches upon something deep within us, this feeling that we are all one…

@LisaNewton – When we have compassion as a base, what a great place to start from. And that is a great place to look forward to the new year ahead.

@Laurie – I do think that compassion and justice can coexist. Example 1: While I won’t get into what is right and wrong to do to someone who has committed a heinous crime – I do believe that there are compassionate ways in which this can be viewed. Surely we can’t just let these people go – back out into society – not knowing what might again happen. Still, these are human lives we are talking about. What one person feels is right, another will not. I don’t know that we’ll ever solve that – there are just too many factors to consider. Example 2: Yes, supporting someone who is having an abortion is showing compassion. And that could be even if you don’t agree with the decision – I believe very firmly that there is no way we can fully know what that other person has been through in their life, that has brought them to where they are today (for any of us, really). So, who would I be to judge that person? I can’t, or at least I can’t and believe I’m doing that through a heart of compassion. In regards to supporting the unborn baby – that one is more difficult – I do see that baby as a life. Yet, I still go back to I can only offer by understanding and caring to the mother – whatever my opinion is of abortion. And I happen to think that compassion is a place from which we can always start – that it doesn’t have to take a back seat…

@Lynn – That is really it!! Treating others how we would want to be treated. Just think, if more and more people did this…wow!


Jannie Funster December 27, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Hi, I’m back. (Obviously.) I’ve been thinking about this post all day and my previous comment. Just now I did watch the video again and heard “even our enemies” the first time and “those regarded as our enemies” the second time.

Tho I still do not know exactly how to interpret this, I want to be open and compassionate to all. I guess my best choice is to once again look within (and keep looking within,) to see how I can be as good a person as I can. This is a great lesson for me not to judge others. Thank you, Lance, from the very bottom of my grateful heart.
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..I AM, Said I =-.


Lance December 27, 2009 at 9:13 pm

@Mikela – Mikela, it’s great having you here! And this sure is a great message of hope,isn’t it!

@Jay – There is no better time than right now! If we all do our part, in caring for our world and those in it – what an even more beautiful place this would be! It’s great to hear you are a part of this already, and I am not surprised, Jay – everything I’ve seen from you shows great compassion. Keep on shining, my friend…

@Jannie – Hey Jannie. So…you are really making me think about this today (that is VERY good!). That word..enemies…so, I looked it up, to see the defined meaning of the word: one seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound another. So, I’m not sure I like the word “enemy” in here either – although given the definition of the word, I do suppose that we could have people that are out there seeking to injure us (physically, emotionally, psycologically, etc). And in that sense, I am okay with the word used in there. In a more altruistic form, though, that word feels like it is separating – or keeping us separated. Another word, a less-harsh word, perhaps? And I’m not sure what that might be – I see the idea though as really being how we view those who might in some way be out to “get us”. Does any of this help? And Jannie, know that I see you as an overlfowing gigantic bucket of love and compassion – and that is deeply good to witness…

@Suzen – Hi Suzen. The whole premise behind this is all just filled with goodness. I do believe that compassion is one of those things we all have inherently in us…it’s just that we sometimes forget about that in some of the moments of our life. So, being more focused on this is such a good thing. Suzen, this really feels so much like “you”…you shine a compassionate heart always. Know that I am deeply grateful, too, for our meeting here in cyberspace – what a great place to connect…and I look forward to that day when our paths cross outside of here too…

@Joanna – Yes, this message that Charter for Compassion shares is so, so good. Definitely worth checking out!

@Audra – What really is great about this video is how the people in this are just regular people – from all different backgrounds – speaking froma spot deep within their heart. Just watching this, hearing their words, and letting them sink in is powerful. And a great point you bring up – about us “messing up”…because we will. When this happens, though, we CAN stop and ask for forgiveness…such an important thing to remember. Audra, thanks so much for your thoughts on this.

@Hilda – Really getting behind this movement is a great way to start 2010, with just a little more focus on compassion – I know that’s a good thing for me to do.


Joy December 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Thank you for sharing this with us. Wow. Powerful! I think compassion is effortless, but I know it’s a foreign concept to some, so I’m glad there are organizations such as this one that spread the idea. And you touch so many people, this is just one more way to reach out and share all of the good that flows from your heart. May compassion overflow in our own lives so that we may then share it with those around us….


Katie West/The Levity Coach December 27, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Wow…not only did the movie inspire and provoke thoughts, but so did the comments. It was so moving. I have no doubt I will be thinking of this tomorrow too.
And I must say that there is a part of me that agrees with Jannie. And I may risk irreverence here….but will try to explain. I spent years working in the environmental field…in which it is pretty easy to get all doom and gloom…(there is just cause) and what I found time after time again is that being overly serious or earnest does not wake up the intended people.
This movies and the website moves me because I WANT to be moved. But how do we empower those who need the message most? I am wondering if there is a way to bring joy into compassion (they talked about suffering) not to make light of any person’s experience but to offer the idea that joy heals. Can we experience compassion which is so powerful it makes us laugh or is compassion only for the somber?
These are just some thoughts I had while watching this…as my background has made me really question the deepest way to be heard.
I love what this message is about and love how you can share your ‘act of compassion’ on their website…beautiful.
I think the video just left me wondering if the charter could entail experiencing joy in our mutual compassionate understanding.
As always Lance..powerful stuff
.-= Katie West/The Levity Coach´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Levity Project: Laughter Flash Chicago! =-.


Lance December 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm

@Marisa – If everyone even made small strides in the direction of more compassion, that in itself would make such a huge impact. So good, isn’t it…

@Karl – And what a great benefit…we show compassion toward those we come in contact with…and that comes right back to us. It seems so simple – win, win…and yet, there is so much more that can happen to make compassion more mainstream and fully practiced. And this all reminds me of the idea of a scarcity mentality versus an abundance mentality. Let’s all focus on abundance…

@Natalia – Hi Natalia! Yes, Christmas has been nice so far…and more to come next weekend! I hope yours, as well, has been filled with wonderful memories. And to Jannie’s comment – of which I replied to her up above – especially to the thought of “enemies” – this is really worth thinking about, and how it really relates to compassion. Really the whole idea behind compassion, though, is so good – and such a great place for us to be based out of.

@CG Walters – Thanks so much for all your support, CG!

@Laura Neff – This is what is so great about the comments here today – there is so much that I’m getting from these beautiful comments – that I would have otherwise missed in just viewing the video myself. So, this idea of private and public compassion really says, to me, that it starts within – that we have to have that compassion within us…in those private moments of our life – to show that true compassion in more public moments. And – ahimsa – what a wonderful word to share here – to do no harm. Such a beautiful word for this talk about compassion. Laura, keep on shining your love and light…I am touched by it every time you do…

@Patricia – Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker — The ripple effect…what a great addition to the discussion Patricia. And the thing about the ripple effect, is we never know how far reaching it will be. So, what a great thing about practicing a bit more compassion in our lives…knowing that it could be affecting people we have never even met or heard or before. Wow!! Isn’t just the thought of that so amazing!

@Evita – The people…that is what truly makes this so great – the diversity of people who are sharing this message in the video. I really had this feeling of “we are all one” as I watched – where we are not divided by boundaries, skin color, language, religion, age, and more. Love and compassion, together – so deeply good for all of us. Evita, you have been such a beacon of compassion always…I see that as something that is so deeply rooted in your core, and shines through in your words and actions. Beautiful…


Carla December 27, 2009 at 11:25 pm

That is a very powerful message to say the least. Basic compassion is missing in so many people today. Selfishness, looking out for only oneself, lack of empathy, hatred, and intolerance seems to rule the world. Sure there are individuals who are compassionate, but unfortunately, those who rule the world are not.


Barbara Swafford December 28, 2009 at 1:21 am

Happy Holidays Lance,

What a beautiful message. I’ve not heard of this organization before but will definitely check they out. We do need more compassion in the world, not only in our personal lives but in our online activities, too. How wonderful it is that you, a very compassionate person, is helping to spread the word. You rock Lance. Yes, you do.
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..Happy Holidays To You & Yours =-.


Lance December 28, 2009 at 5:42 am

@Mimi – Mimi, this is so good! I haven’t really thought much about the true definition of compassion. It’s not just about the “bad” times. Compassion can be there in all times. And maybe the base of compassion is exactly as you say…love. Love is at our core, and I do believe that compassion comes from that deep love within us. Mimi, your thoughts are beautiful today! Just like your soul, always shining through here…

@Tess – Hi Tess. Compassion is a very good thing. Can it be “drilled” into us? That’s something I’m not so sure of, although I do believe it is something that is inherently in all of us. Okay – so that word “enemy”. That’s a tough one for me too! (I am finding this post to really challenge some of my thoughts!) So, you are saying that the enemy is us. What that really says to me is that the first place to start with love and compassion is with ourselves. And when we can love and show compassion to us individually…we are then ready to do this outwardly, with love. That is a great thought, Tess, and I think it really takes this back to being about starting with ourselves. Tess, you live all of this, so if any of this seems like I am questioning your thoughts…know that I see in you much love for the world and the people in it.

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. Unity. That really does say we are one…and we are united. Or, we can be – with love and compassion as our base. And this is beautifully stated, Nadia – about “being love”. That says to me that love is not just something “out there” that we see or feel. Love begins within us, and when we let love by our language, and our actions – we rise up with a compassionate heart. We connect at a deeper level. We care. And we feel…the good and the challenging…of our fellow mankind. Nadia, I know you do this so well, and your heart is one that is overflowing with love. It is so good to have you here…

@Jannie – Hi Jannie. It is always good to have you back. Always. And know that I see only good coming from your soul. You are a light of goodness into the world. I have known this for a long time. It really shines through today, though, even more bright – as I see your deep connection with your own soul. Jannie, you are a kindered spirit here…

@Joy – You know, Joy…I think you are right. Compassion can be effortless, once we get to that spot of deep love within us. Which really begins with self, and being loving towards who we are…the good and the bad. I look at your name, Joy, and it just rings of goodness and love. So, thank you for being here, for spreading that joy and love out into the world, and for sharing your compassionate heart always…

@Katie – Ah, empowering those who could most use this message of compassion. Katie, this is good. Way good. For someone coming already from a place of compassion and love, the concept behind Charter for Compassion is a very good one. The message speaks to what is good and right in this world. And that is a great message to hear. How about those people who are not there yet, though? Those people who maybe have been treated without compassion, and maybe this has left them with a cold and weary heart – or those who for some reason show indifference to the world around them? Does this message of hope even begin to touch them? It is probably only through real action that we touch these people in some deep and connecting way. Irreverent? Not at all. Joy and light-heartedness (enveloped by caring love) go a long, long way toward touching another’s heart. And what I really believe is that there is no one right way for everyone. What works to connect with one person may not with another. And I think that really touches upon your thought of the “deepest way to be heard”. Maybe it is somber for some, and light and airy for others. Or somewhere in between. Or a bit of both. And Katie, through it all – I think you are right on (well, about all of this really) about how joy can play a real part in compassion. I see that in you, in amazing ways, how you touch those around you with love and light. And that sings beautifully to your compassionate heart reaching out…


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord December 28, 2009 at 6:00 am

I loved this video! What really stood out for me was the statement to have compassion even for our enemies. That reminded me of the looks I sometimes get when I tell people that someone I’m very close with works over in Iraq. Most people assume he’s in the military, but actually he works for an Iraqi company. This man understands that we don’t have any enemies — he has compassion for the human race, and recognizes that everywhere he goes, men are men, and women are women. Nationalities have nothing to do with it. We’re all “one.” He is working over there because he’s interested in learning about another culture, so he immerses himself in it for awhile.
I find that rather spectacular, just like I did the video you shared with us. Thank you, Lance!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..Funny Cookies =-.


Peggy December 28, 2009 at 6:16 am


This is an awesome, awesome video.

But how does this message reach those that need to hear it most? How does this reach radicalized militants who want to blow up passenger jets and inflict terror all over the world? How does this reach those with hatred and darkness in their hearts? How does this reach those who don’t know what they don’t know?

While I ponder these and other questions, I will be sharing this video as well.

You Rock Lance!

.-= Peggy´s Last Fabulous Post ..Your Moment of Bliss =-.


Hilary December 28, 2009 at 8:48 am

Hi Lance .. you’ve certainly got us all thinking. Re the ‘enemy’ I was thinking of enemy to the compassion we feel .. because sometimes people aren’t relating at the same wavelength in our own societies (English to American, or here English to English) – or perhaps even more importantly … compassion can come from those with education, who have an understanding of the larger world, who’ve ‘seen’ and have some understanding of other parts of the world (perhaps not been – but because of the size of their own country, or in general their comprehension of things), while others that comprehension of our world is almost beyond their boundaries.

I quite often think this way – we ‘assume’ others in other countries visualise the world as we do – I know they are human too, but that drip drip of civilisation may not be as advanced for them …. certainly there’s a difference between those that have travelled and lived in other countries, to those here that have not had that experience – usually we are more willing to be open to others’ ways of doing things, or understand their narrower beliefs …

Being together and working together in harmony, doing all we can for everyone around us – compassion as we see it – uplifting, smiling with gratitude for our lives & spreading that feeling around this globe of ours.

Enjoy the rest of the week – and thanks for these excellent thoughts –
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..Wassail .. and "The Twelve Days of Christmas" =-.


Keith December 28, 2009 at 8:49 am

WOW! This video is awesome and I love the discussion it is provoking here! I like what you said in your response to Tess’s comment. That the first place to start is in ourselves. To have love and compassion for who we are. I really think when we do that it helps us to be compassionate towards others. We see the strengths and weaknesses we possess and maybe that helpsusrealize that other people have strengths andweaknesses also. These strengths and weaknesses will be different, whichisall themore reason we need each other!

I haven’t heard of this Charter but am definitely going to check it out! I appreciate you making us aware of this.
.-= Keith´s Last Fabulous Post ..It’s Time To Get Real! =-.


Jannie Funster December 28, 2009 at 9:25 am

Lance, I checked out the Charter site and upon reading in-depth about the Fetzer Institute and John Earl Fetzer — everything I find is very very positive and uplifting — like YOU and your blog. John Fetzer was an amazingly wonderful and compassionate philanthropic businessman. What a hero! I am happy to get on board with this Charter. Thank you for bringing it and Fetzer to my attention!!!

As to enemies, I’d call them “People who just need a whole lotta hugs??”

Namaste, my good friend! Namaste, now and always.
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..I AM, Said I =-.


Diane AZ December 28, 2009 at 10:17 am

Hi Lance, I really enjoyed this video! I love the idea of encouraging compassion for all living creatures. Happy New Year!
.-= Diane AZ´s Last Fabulous Post ..Better late than never =-.


Robin Easton December 28, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Dear Lance, I just love the force and energy of compassion. It is not only soothing for the person receiving it, but ultimately for the person expressing compassion. I think I signed the charter months ago, but I am going to check. I find this video just soothing even listening to it. I feel my whole body glowing with warmth. Compassion does that.

This video’s message was also a GREAT confirmation for me because I’ve at times had people say to me how can you forgive or feel compassionate toward someone who has hurt you? I’ve even been told that it’s not “right” to be compassionate toward such people. However, I MUST live compassion not only for my own internal peace, but for world peace as well. Usually the people who do the most ‘harm’ are the ones who need compassion the most and have NEVER EVER known it.

I am so so proud of you my dear friend. You embody compassion, non-judgment, kindness and love…everywhere you go and with everyone you meet. Your ‘way of being’ brings SOOOOOOOOOO much warmth and joy into my life. I am just so thankful to be included in your circle of love, blessed to see that beautiful smile of yours, and experience your delightfully wacky humor, your profound insights, and your forever expanding-outward-with-love heart. You are a treasure in my life. Know that my dear friend. Much love to you, Robin And many good good wish for you and your dear family. :))
.-= Robin Easton´s Last Fabulous Post ..Share Your Legacy? =-.


Mama Zen December 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm

What a marvelous idea!
.-= Mama Zen´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Ones The Wolves Pull Down =-.


Lori December 28, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Lance, this video gave me goosebumps. I want to listen to it every day – I just LOVE this message.

Thank you for bring so much joy into my life – and also for bringing so much hope, compassion, and love into it as well.

.-= Lori´s Last Fabulous Post ..Audio Greetings =-.


Giovanna Garcia December 28, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Hi Lance,

Thank you so much for posting this video. It has a very powerful message, that we all need to embrace.
It touch my heart and I shall share this message “compassion” with as many people as I can.
Happy Holiday and thank you for sharing.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action


Lance December 28, 2009 at 7:45 pm

@Megan – Thanks so much for sharing your a personal story here, and how your friend has really embraced compassion. It is so good to hear stories like this, stories of hope for what our world can be like. Megan your friend IS spectacular! And the thing is…I see that so much in you too – you shine compassion in everything I have witnessed…

@Peggy – It’s such a great message in this video, and shown so beautifully with such a diverse group of people. So…getting this out to those who need to hear it most. My guess (and yours too, I am sure) is that those who could most benefit from this video will never watch it. I think the way we touch these people is through personal interaction. So, that’s people watching this, taking the message to heart, and then going out into the world to share it. That may not be easy, and could even be dangerous. The reward, though, is that we might somehow positively impact another person – even just one. And then the ripple effect could spread. Not easy. But so deepl good when we can do this. Peggy, thank you so much for living from that place of compassion within your soul…

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. This is good. We can compartmentalize ourselves, and this holds us back from truly living with a compassionate heart. So, it’s about getting to the spot of really empathizing with others, knowing that we may not fully understand their situation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t offer our love and caring support. Great thoughts Hilary.

@Keith – Yes, starting with ourselves…if we can fully embrace who we are with love and compassion – then taking that outward into the world really come from a true spot of caring. Keith, this movement is really filled with so much good. And it is all about just simply bringing more compassion into the world. What a great thing to do! Thanks so much, Keith, for sharing your love with the world!

@Jannie – Jannie, what I truly love about you is how much you care. That shines through always, and in this whole post especially. And now I feel like I know even better – a bit more about this wonderful organization and its founder. And I love your new definition of enemies! And as a friend, Jannie…I hope you still have a hug left in there for me…because I’m sending one your way right now, awesome friend. Namaste.


Angelia Sims December 28, 2009 at 7:47 pm

This touched me deep, so many nuggets of peace and love to instill upon the world. What a generous giving cause. Awesome Lance! Thank you for sharing this. It’s wonderful. 🙂
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..Christmas Dreams =-.


Lance December 28, 2009 at 8:05 pm

@Diane AZ – Hi Diane. Compassion for all living creatures…and there are so many. It’s one thing to remember our fellow man. There are so many other living creatures, though…thanks so much!

@Robin Easton – Robin, I have to say that when I think of compassion, I so much see you. You embody this so deeply. Deep in your soul…it is something that your words somehow express in a way like no other. In fact, my life is better and I know that I am more compassionate in my actions because our paths have crossed. You have a gentle way of bringin this out, the good in others. I am blessed. I am blessed to have your presence in my life. And I truly believe you are right about the people who need the most compassion are those we have the hardest time expressing it to – people who have never experienced the beauty of compassion and love. And Robin, your words here at the end are so touching in my soul. Know that what you are saying has landed upon my heart in a very special way. And know also that you will always hold a special place in my heart, for all the beauty and love you shine into my world, and into the whole world. With love and peace…Lance

@Mama Zen – This is really great, isn’t it!

@Lori – The message here is one that fills me with hope…hope in what can be, if we can all come together in the common bond of compassion. Lori, your words are so kind and caring, and I am moved by your beautiful spirit. Know that you give me all of this, too – your caring love is so much more than I could have even hope for, and it has meant the world to me. Peace and love, dear friend…

@Giovanna – If we can all embrace this message, I really believe our world would be so much better off. Thanks so much for spreading the word! Happy holidays to you!

@Angelia – Angelia, I am not surprised that this has touched you in a meaningful way. See, I really believe this is something you embody already…that compassion is something that is so deeply a part of you, and so when you see this going out into the world – it is deeply good. Angelia, you shine compassion! In everything I have seen from you, this IS you! Adn that is awesome!


KSE December 29, 2009 at 7:13 am

This is a great video, but, I don’t see it as anything new or revealing. Compassion is covered in the 10 Commandents: Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.


Stacey Shipman December 29, 2009 at 8:19 am

I love this idea, and will check out the website. I had declared my home/life a “no judgment zone” this fall, and without judgment we can then open ourselves to more compassion – it was powerful, and something I plan to declare again in 2010. Thank you for introducing us to this cause.

Happy new Year!
.-= Stacey Shipman´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Was Your Highlight for 2009? =-.


Tim December 29, 2009 at 9:15 am


Thanks for sharing this thought-provoking video. I liked how the video touched on treating others how we would like to be treated…I have a very cool coffee mug which is a Norman Rockwell painting of the Golden Rule, which I believe is such an important concept. Compassion is also a very important word and was described beautifully in the video…and I agree that compassion really needs to spread to everyone. Thanks for sharing this…I feel compelled to visit the site and be more conscious of the compassion in our world.
.-= Tim´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Hearty Thank You! =-.


Sagan December 29, 2009 at 10:23 am

This is inspiring, Lance. I hadn’t heard of the Charter for Compassion before! Thanks for spreading the awareness about it.
.-= Sagan´s Last Fabulous Post ..Day 29 of the 200 Reps Challenge =-.


Robin December 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm

HI Lance – hope you are going great – and have a Happy new Year! – love from Rob
.-= Robin´s Last Fabulous Post ..There Is A Vitality =-.


Caroline December 30, 2009 at 12:10 am

Thank you for sharing this Lance. And thank you for your support over the past year. I wish you a beautiful New Year and much peace, joy and happiness in 2010.
.-= Caroline´s Last Fabulous Post ..I am blooming in 2010 =-.


Lance December 30, 2009 at 5:06 am

@KSE – Thanks much for sharing your perspective. Perhaps this isn’t new or groundbreaking, the point though – is really about awareness. I see this as one more way to bring this message out there to people – much like the Ten Commandments are good stuff – only, though, if we remember them. Perhaps the day will come when we are much more aligned with the principles the ten commandments teach. Until then, new ways of getting this message out only hlep to reinforce these.

@Stacey Shipman – Judgment…something that is so easy for us to do. And – how is it possible for us to even come close to fully understanding another person’s journey that has led them up to this point where we might judge. That’s my take. (not that I get it right all the time – not by a long shot) So, Stacey, what you have created in your home life is deeply good. And filled with compassion, when we really do want to understand another’s world.

@Tim – That sounds like a great coffee mug! And speaking of coffee…I’m thirsty! And the “Golden Rule” is a great example of compassion – as it really speaks to seeing others in a different light – the light of their own uniqueness.

@Sagan – It really IS inspiring! To see and hear these people all touch upon compassion…wow!

@Robin – Hi Robin!! It is great to see you! Happy New Year to you, too! And…sending love from me to you…

@Caroline – Hi Caroline! Know that your support and caring have been a gift here as well. May your 2010 be filled with beauty too. Your soul is sweet…


J.D. Meier December 30, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Restoring compassion is the way to go. It’s one of our very human distinctions … it separates us from the machines.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..10 Ways to Know Thyself =-.


Lance December 31, 2009 at 5:55 am

Yes, compassion is something that is uniquely us, and something we as humans can deeply connect with.


Laura Hegfield December 31, 2009 at 7:29 am

Thanks so much for posting this Lance. If there is such a thing as ultimate Truth…I think this is as close as we can come to it…recognizing that all beings deserve love, respect, compassion.

May this New Year usher in more connection, more awareness of Divinity in one another.
.-= Laura Hegfield´s Last Fabulous Post ..Happy New Year 2010 =-.


Jen December 31, 2009 at 8:58 am

Happy New Year!
.-= Jen´s Last Fabulous Post ..Farewell to this year =-.


Liara Covert December 31, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Lance, your posts always uplift and inspire. Thanks for tickling our funny bone and prompting people to remember that physical existence is meant to enable them to have fun, savor simplicity and love.
.-= Liara Covert´s Last Fabulous Post ..What is stillness? =-.


Hulbert December 31, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Hi Lance. What a wonderful video. Compassion should be spread throughout the world despite all the differences of human beings. This would be something that we would connect all of us together and help us appreciate what it means to be part of this world.
.-= Hulbert´s Last Fabulous Post ..My 100th Post =-.


I TAKE OFF THE MASK December 31, 2009 at 10:59 pm

I hope that everybody learns to listen to one’s heart, the REAL HEART deep within our soul. The problem nowadays is that we do not know anymore how to listen. Our hearts our impure, at least, the heart we are aware of. We need to dig deeper, to take away the impurities so we can find the gold that still lies within somewhere. May COMPASSION indeed find its way once again!
.-= I TAKE OFF THE MASK´s Last Fabulous Post ..How Do You Start a New Year? =-.


ClinicallyClueless January 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Lance, I know that you already have tons of comments, but I wanted to say that I found this inspirational and am going to use it on two blogs that I write for and link them back to you.

.-= ClinicallyClueless´s Last Fabulous Post .."Happy New Year" ~ ABBA =-.


Lance January 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm

@Laura – So true, if we can get to that spot of seeing others through the eyes of love, respect, and compassion – what a truly beautiful world this would be. For everyone.

@Jen – Happy New Year to you too, Jen!!! Woohoo!

@Liara – Thank you so much, Liara, for all your wonderful support this past year. Having your presence here has been one very much filled with deep wisdom and understanding. And reading your words today, know that I am touched deeply by them. Thank you. And may the new year be one filled with much goodness in your life.

@Hulbert – Hi Hulbert. We are all different, and yet – in so many ways we are all the same. And I really do believe that, deep within us, we connect very much to love and compassion. What an amazing world this would be if we all just let that shine through…

@Jocelyn – You bring up a great point, and one that I think is in part related to us not taking the time to really listen to our heart. We are consumed by the “on the go” society we live in, and in that – miss out on something deeply important…loving and understanding ourselves. Thanks so much for this thought, and for the reminder of how good it is to connect first with ourselves, and then take that out into the world.

@Clinically Clueless – It is great to have you here, and know that you are always welcome. And definitely feel free to share this information, the message is so, so good.


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