I'm encouraged to participate in this November challenge with my church congregation.
Inspiring Compassion: The 30 Day Compassion Challenge. 30 days to explore the topic of compassion: Mindfulness, Compassion for Friends & Family, Self-Compassion, Compassion for All, Compassion for Our Planet.
Today, I went out of my way to be inclusive of Bonnie in our movie group.
She annoys me. She gets every plot confused. She goes off on wild tangents. She wants even the darkest film noir to end with a wedding and babies. I want to box her ears.
But you know what? She loves classic movies and has every right to participate in our meet ups. So maybe I shouldn't be such a judgey bitch. When I mentioned that I was delighted that this week, "Bonnie got her happy ending," a smile crossed her face.
Now how hard was that? Not at all. I gave another person a moment of joy by doing the smallest thing.
However, as I try to be more compassionate, I refuse to be a hypocrite. Marvin droned on ... and on ... and on ... and kept explaining to us there's a difference between "ex-plicit" and "im-plicit." I really wished someone would tell him to shut the fuck up. So having a compassionate heart does not include having a false one.
File this one under Compassion for All.