Last year I heard of a blogging event named 1000 Voice Speak for Compassion. On a whim I decided to join. During the the couple of weeks leading up to the event I did a handful of posts and then a follow up after it was over. That was a year ago. In fact, yesterday it was exactly a year, the original event being held February 20, 2015. This little one off quickly became a monthly event. Including the posts for the first event I have put up over a dozen #1000Speak posts. Actually, including reminders, I have done 17 posts, 18 including this one.
In this year I’ve talked about huge celebrities (both in name and physical size) helping common people and about little, common people reaching out to those in pain. I’ve talked about love, empathy, forgiveness, gratitude, bullying, prisoners and our shared humanity. I’ve used ultra-aggressive drivers who are blissfully unaware that their aggression actually puts them behind, not ahead, as an analogy of how unaware we often are when we hurt others. I asked how we can make the world a better place, and if our tiny input can make a difference. I even posted a short story. You can search my site for #1000speak, though the I didn’t include it on first few d so you’ll miss them, though most of those show up in that recap post I mentioned.
Besides all of the exploration on my blog, I also read many other people’s take. Some were very eye opening. Some shocking. Others seemed to share my world view. I try to keep a very open mind and so learned a lot from each and every post I read, even those that seemed bitter or had vastly different experiences.
I think this year with #1000Speak has made me a better blogger. I have put up more posts about kindness, empathy and compassion that were not part of #1000speak. For several weeks I did a series called A Smile a Day. I’ve since cut it back to The Weekly Smile (#weeklysmile). This is weekly link-up that encourages people to share something that made them smile, something positive to help counterbalance all of the negativity we see around us. (Hint, hint ;) ).
The year has also made me a better person. I’ve thought more about compassion. I’ve thought more about the people in the world. And I’ve tried to do small things to help. Nothing earth shattering, but every little bit helps. For isn’t that the whole idea of #1000Speak? If one of us speaks up we might effect a few people and make some very slight difference, but if we all raise our voices and people hear us, join us and raise their voice, well perhaps we can make the world a better place. Not alone, but together.
And that is part of what compassion is all about: together.
This post is part of the 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. I’ve had a personal vision of compassion that I’ve been sharing on most of my posts on the subject:
Empathy is the glue that holds society together and compassion is what makes a group of people a civilization. Without holding our hands out to our fellow humans we become savages. We are all in this together, in a closed system, so we must all help each other. How lonely life must be for those selfish people who don’t realize this simple truth! How lonely for anyone who doesn’t realize that all are our brothers and sisters! How lonely must the self-righteous be!
Find out more about this movement. See the 1000 Voices Speak blogsite and the Facebook page. And add your voice to our 1000 voices all speaking about compassion! To see more for this month or add your post, see the “Linky”
Note – the photo has nothing at all to do with anything. When i was looking for the perfect image I decided this was pretty :)