Liberating the compassion in all of us

I listened to the TED Prize at the U.N. on compassion. Below are some of the quotes I took away and share with you.

Martin Luther King was flawed.
Mother Theresa was flawed.
Gandhi was flawed.
So am I, and so are you. How liberating that is for us all to admit we are flawed.

Each and everyone of us, has what it takes to repair the world.

What does the happiest man in the world look like? How does one get to be the happiest man/woman in the world? Compassion.

And finally, a quote from Rachel Naomi Remen

Most people have come to prefer certain of life’s experiences and deny and reject others, unaware of the value of the hidden things that may come wrapped in plain and even ugly paper. In avoiding all pain and seeking comfort at all costs, we may be left without intimacy or compassion; in rejecting change and risk we often cheat ourselves of the quest; in denying our suffering we may never know our strength or our greatness.

From Google, compassion:
A company that thrives on idealism. So, expressions of compassion are everywhere in the company. One example of hundreds: There is a region in India, with 200,000 people without a doctor/medical facility. Google employees raised enough money to build a medical facility for this community. A grassroot movement that felt compassion for those less fortunate.

How to build a compassionate company, like Google, takes 3 ingredients:

1. Create a culture of a concern for the greater good
2. Economy – If you have a culture of compassion and idealism allow people to be free to express
3. A focus on personal growth and development, self-awareness and compassion.

Gandhi said: If you want to be happy, practice compassion.


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