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Here are some inspiring stories about compassion.
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PEOPLE IN NEED People around the world are in need and we need to help. Some people think that their lives are miserable, and it leads to suicide. But they don't think about people in other countries that have worse lives than them. We need to help raise money for those who can't afford anything and need things. We need to help...
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IT'S NOT JUST A PIN, IT'S A PROMISE When an elderly friend stopped by to “see us” on a Saturday afternoon – just a few weeks after September 11, 2001 – we noticed a colorful pin (a picture of the Twin Towers) affixed to the lapel of his sport coat. It bore the inscription, “9-11-01 Liberty State Park.” “Such a wonderful tribute!” I...
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VETERAN SMILES During a trip to a local veteran’s hospital with my dad in 2012, a Marine Corps veteran, I noticed that many of the veterans lacked basic toiletries and lived too far from the hospital for family or friends to visit regularly. I was only 13 at the time, but decided to make a 4‑H service project to bring...
SUBMITTED BY AMELIA DAY
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Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

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COMPASSION QUOTATIONS
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“Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

Pema Chodron

Buddha
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”

Buddha

Plato
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

Plato

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“Hurt people, hurt people. That's how pain patterns get passed on, generation after generation after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion and cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is the weapon of the future.”

Yehuda Berg

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“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

Pema Chödrön

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“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”

Steve Maraboli

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“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong, because someday in your life, you will have been all of these.”

George Washington Carver

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“Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion, to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ”

Albert Einstein

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“If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.”

Lao Tzu

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“Compassion is the currency that leads to true wealth.”

Jim Carrey

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“Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.”

Prince Rogers Nelson

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“Fear grows out of the things we think; it lives in our minds. Compassion grows out of the things we are, and lives in our hearts.”

Barbara Garrison

Here are some stories about everyday heroes who show 'compassion'.
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Terri C My hero is Terri. She is not the typical 'save the city' hero that many people talk about. Not many people hear about her because her work is done out of care and love. She works as a social skills trainer. I am one of her clients. She has helped me so much by being there when I need her. When I was suicidal, she...
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Carrie S My sister, Carrie, is my hero. I always tell people, "She's a saint." She is. For several years now, Carrie has cared for developmentally disabled people in a group home setting. She does things on a daily basis that I couldn't even imagine - changing diapers, dealing with all kinds of problems, bathing and even...
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Grace H My niece has been playing hockey since she was five and it is her greatest passion. Last year, as a high school freshman, she tried out for the varsity hockey team and, when she didn't make it, shook off the disappointment and simply played in another league for girls her age. This year she tried out again and...
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Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

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Your Comments
Marco Antônio from Brazil MARCH 24, 2014
Considering that compassion is all about love and kindness to others, I'd say that it is exactly what I feel towards the giorls who work as shop assistants. Very often I put myself in their place and feel as if I was one of them.

Anderson from Colatina, ES - Brasil JULY 10, 2013
Precisamos ser compassivos, e isso é um valor que vemos ser pouco praticado, mas cada um tem que fazer valer. We need to be compassionate, and this is a value that we see little practiced, but each one has to enforce.

Swaggeer from pico rivera OCTOBER 24, 2012
This quote has alot of swag.

Mahesh from India JULY 26, 2012
Compassion is all about Love and Kindness to Others Unconditionally and Selflessness.

Bruce Willingham from Warner Robins, Ga JULY 10, 2012
Compassion puts feet to the feeling.

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