Inspire Me

TRUE CONNECTION THRIVES IN A SPIRIT OF COMPASSION When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. — John Lennon


It’s up to each of us to create our world of compassion and connection. Our connection to others, perhaps more than any other factor, influences how we perceive the quality of our lives. Our happiness is intimately tied to the feelings we associate with our relationships, including family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, teachers, and others.

Relationships based upon shared empathy and shared positivity fuel our ability to receive and to share compassion and warmth with others. There are many ways we can reach out and form positive relationships that nurture our spirit, fuel our dreams, and encourage our growth.

We can reach out professionally to those who value collaboration and share a vision to create and excel. It is thrilling to share the excitement of small victories and comforting to be a life raft to each other on those difficult days when you need to remind yourselves to just keep moving forward.

Seize the day! Plan a romantic dinner with your spouse, go hiking with friends, or play with the kids. Encourage, support, and inspire each other. Drink in every tender moment. Give and graciously accept hugs and praise. Laugh with abandon at least 5 times a day! Times shared are the times of your life!

As you pursue your fitness goals, try exercise classes and build relationships with those who have similar goals. If you just show up, you will soon find others who share similar struggles and aspirations.

The seasons of our lives are ever changing. No matter what is happening around you, be the best sister, the best partner, the best son, the best parent, the best friend, the best mentor, the best student, and the best teammate you can be.

Make compassion your only response. Helen Schucman’s, “A Course in Miracles “ supports the view that “All communication is either a loving response or a cry for help.” Our feelings and our point of reference change when we look at all communication from this perspective. If we are lovingly mindful as we go through our day, it is easy to respond with renewed compassion, concern, and empathy when a fellow human being needs reassurance or understanding.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. — Dalai Lama


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