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I took on this project to work through Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life in twelve months because I feared a particularly bruising election year. I hoped for balance. Instead, I’m encountering discouragement.
As I reach the end of The Eighth Step, I despair that we have any capability at all to speak to one another with compassion. “All lives matter” shouted in a hate-filled voice. Issues that force people into two opposing camps when compassion might call for sympathy for every one in the whole sorry situation. People in so much pain that asking them to consider compassion would be a cruel act.
My focus is on the wrong place. It is the opposite of compassionate to judge the level of compassion in other people’s words or actions. I’ve been startled several times while pursuing compassion at how often it leads back to me. I control only one person’s words: mine. My quest to speak with compassion begins and ends with me. I’d be happy to have you join me, though!