Christian Long

Rev. James Forbes: Compassion at the Dinner Table

In TED Talks on May 2, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Reflection by ERIN M.

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Rev. James Forbes:  Compassion at the Dinner Table

Compassion we have for others is what will bring peace and justice to our world. Rev. James Forbes shares his story growing up and the importance of leading a compassionate life. In North Carolina Forbes grew up in large family where he was taught that being compassionate and good willed was a responsibility he had. Compassion is not just a feeling of sorrow for others in need. Compassion is the act of helping those in need. To be compassionate we must extend our love to everyone, no matter how you feel about them. As the saying goes, do unto others what you would have them do unto you.

Compassion cannot be left at doing random acts of kindness. In the words of Forbes, “compassion provides sustained care.” In order to be compassionate you have to commit to do what is necessary to provide for others who have pain and suffering. Compassion must be driven from our emotions to do acts of kindness. This is why it is important to have compassion at the dinner table. If you are compassionate at the dinner table then it will translate into the way you treat others.

Compassion is never ending. If you provide for others you will receive gifts in return. Receiving gratitude is the greatest gift of all. Compassion can change the world. We must bring compassion to life like James Forbes. Compassion will give us strength to make our world a better place. Through compassion we can all become happier. Compassion is contagious. If everyone made an effort to be compassionate then the problems that we have as a whole could be eliminated.

Please watch Forbes’ talk and see how you can begin to share compassion with others.


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