A Day of Compassion
February 11, 2019
It’s Valentine’s Day week! And I am excited. It hasn’t always been that way. In years past (even when I was married) this particular holiday that promises great romance has always provided me with a certain amount of stress.
That is until I decided it might be best to reframe the meaning into something that has nothing to do with me and everything to do with others. Less about me, more about them.
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After all, Valentine’s Day is all about love...of any kind. And instead of a day of romance which only includes a smaller group of individuals, it just feels better to make the entire day about being as compassionate to our fellow human beings as possible.
Imagine. One full day of compassion.
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A day of compassion doesn’t need to be bigger than life. The smallest, simplest gestures can brighten a day and make each of us feel more connected.
It is simple things like starting the day on the right foot; spending a few more moments with a family member in the morning or on the phone, a nice word of appreciation to someone you don’t know.
It could be a conscious effort to consider someone else’s point of view, or asking more questions of a person that you don’t really understand. We all have a story behind our confident exteriors -- and each one of us from time to time - can use a spoonful of compassion. And Valentine's Day is the perfect day to give a big dose!
Adding a dose of compassion to someone’s day not only impacts another person's day but our own as well.
Ways to participate in Valentine’s Day 2019 Day of Compassion...
- Set our intention as soon as we rise to do our absolute best to live each minute of the day as compassionate as possible.
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- Don’t forget to be compassionate with ourselves.
- Carefully observe all that transpires as we walk through one full day with compassion completely on our mind.
- Find small, meaningful ways to connect with the people we appreciate and love.
- Find a way to connect with our community.
This year for Valentine’s Day, K. Renee is connecting with our community through UnityPoint’s The Day of Compassion initiative. On this day, their goal is to bring members of our community together to raise money for the Compassion Funds at Iowa Methodist/Methodist West, Iowa Lutheran, John Stoddard Cancer Center, and Taylor House Hospice.
And we invite you to join...
It's a wonderful way to share your heart on Thursday, and in turn, we will share a special treat with you.
Just what will your donation be doing? Their compassion fund helps patients and families in financial need with the “little things” that insurance may not cover: pre-paid gas cards for families who travel for care, medicine not covered by insurance, lodging, last wishes, comfort, and relief.
I do love a day committed to showing those that you love that they are special in your hearts. And although I plan to have compassion lead my day, I still love surprising a few people with a special gift or two.
If you have a special someone in your life, show her (or him) that you care. A handwritten note, a lingering hug, a thoughtful gift. You know if you are short on ideas, we always have a few...
I hope that you have a wonderful week. From all of us at K. Renee...