READY FOR A GREAT WEEKEND?!
I’m thinking about COMPASSION this week. It’s a topsy-turvy world right now with a lot of crazy and sad and scary things happening all over, especially here at home. I often feel helpless and frustrated but have come to a recent realization that compassion, love, and kindness are what will carry us through. I will be focusing on how I can be kinder every day – something I do on a regular basis, but it feels more urgent during these days of massive denigration of so many groups: Muslims, women, transgenders, the disabled, and more. It’s the one-on-one contacts that will make the different and enact change. As the saying goes “Love makes the world go round.”
Houston was officially designated a “City of Compassion” in 2015 under Mayor Annise Parker (see more about that here) and that value continues today under Mayor Sylvester Turner, who recently declared at a press conference about Houston being a sanctuary city and a welcoming city for all with the statement “We don’t build walls in this city, we practice love.” You can see more about Turner’s stance here in the Forward Times magazine. Indeed, it is by practicing love every day and at all levels of citizenry from the ground up, that we can make the world a more welcoming place.
A local organization that focuses on love, service, and compassion is Compassionate Houston, which was inspired by Houston’s designation as a City of Compassion as well as by the amazing and world-changing work done by organizations such as The Charter for Compassion International and the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education/CCARE. Taken together, all of this is making a Houston a city for all people, a place where we welcome anyone and everyone, and where we do our best to live out the Mayor’s desire to practice love. Compassionate Houston organizes a yearly “Compassion Week” and this year it will take place from April 22-29, kicking off at the beautiful new Levy Park on April 22. As a warm-up to that event, Compassionate Houston is hosting a fundraising breakfast with Dr. James Doughty, who is the founder and director of CCARE. For more about that breakfast and to purchase tickets, click here. I’ll be at both the breakfast and the Compassion Week kick-off – please join me!
Today’s VIDEO PICK is a long one (almost an hour) but it’s the engrossing film of a talk done by former Mayor Bill White at Christ Church Cathedral. He discussed compassion in all its ways and how he lives out compassion in his own life. White’s public dedication to compassion paved the way for our next two mayors to firmly cement that value as something that is at the very core of who we are in Houston. I am thankful for all three Mayors and for this city’s compassion work.
Have a great weekend, love one another, please share this, and go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!