#TwitterArtExhibit: Changing the World Through Art

Through Art We Can Change the World. -David Sandum

Twitter Art Exhibit was created by artist and founder David Sandum to help charities and nonprofits with postcard-sized, handmade original artwork. Every participant, from artist to organizer, is involved on a voluntary, unpaid basis. The goal is to share collective talents for a good cause and 100% of proceeds go to charity.

The exhibit for 2015, Twitter Art Exhibit: Moss is the fifth installment of an open international exhibition presenting art donated by hundreds of participating artists from around the globe. Artists from as many as 35 countries have participated in a single event. The exhibit will be curated by David Sandum. This year’s show will run March 12-26, 2015 in Moss, Norway to benefit Home-Start Moss (a nonprofit organization helping families in need. Home-Start believes that every child deserves the best start in life.)

Social Media plays a major role in Twitter Art Exhibit’s ability to connect artists and those interested in the collaboration of blending charity and art. Past exhibits helped to support an abused women’s shelter, raise funds for an organization mentoring underprivileged youth in preparation for careers in the visual arts, provide scholarships for special needs dancers, and to purchase new children’s books for a struggling library.

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Twitter Art Exhibit Organizing Board:
David Sandum, @DavidSandum
Nat George, @natgeorgela
Robin Maria Pedrero, @robinpedrero

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#TwitterArtExhibit 2015

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Through art we can change the world. -David Sandum

Twitter Art Exhibit 2015 is almost here!

Twitter Art Exhibit exists to help support charities and nonprofits with postcard-sized, handmade original artwork and bringing together a global community of volunteer artists for good causes. It is the brainchild of artist, writer and founder of Twitter Art Exhibit, David Sandum. He understands that the positive and influential power of social media, art, and collaboration to communicate and evoke action can make a unique and tangible difference in the world. Learn more by visiting Twitter Art Exhibit online. 

As an advocacy artist, I’m especially drawn to this type of experience, and as last year, I’m participating in this year’s event. As Twitter Art Exhibit’s founder, David Sandum says, “Through art we can change the world“. I believe that we are better together and champion people who use their gifts and talents to make a difference!

This year’s event will be held in Moss, Norway and will benefit children and families through an organization called Home-Start Moss:

WHAT: Twitter Art Exhibit: Moss (Original handmade postcard-sized art to benefit a cause )

WHY: Twitter Art Exhibit was created as a vehicle for doing good through online community building.

WHEN: March 12-26, 2015

WHERE: Twitter Art Exhibit 2015 will be held in Moss, Norway to benefit Home-Start Moss.

WHO: Hundreds of artists (professional and amateur) from around the globe participate on a volunteer basis to help support charitable causes by submitting original handmade postcard-sized artwork for the exhibit. The event will be curated by Twitter Art Exhibit’s founder, David Sandum. (All proceeds go to the beneficiary).

About Home Start: Sometimes families need a little help to get their children off to a good start. Home-Start believes that every child deserves the best start in life, so they match experienced volunteers to families with young children to offer help and support. This support is free to the family and confidential.

It’s a privilege to participate and help in some small way, bringing attention to the need to keep children safe and support strong foundations to build healthy families. My postcard artwork for this year’s exhibit is titled: “Hope Lives“. 

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Website:         www.twitterartexhibit.org
Twitter:           @twitrartexhibit
Facebook:      /twitterartexhibit
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Related Reading:

Twitter Art Exhibit 2015: Postcard Artwork Inspires Hope

Twitter Art Exhibit 2014: Creating Art for Good

Burton Artist Alistair Kennedy to Join International Twitter Art Exhibit for Home-Start Families

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Twitter Art Exhibit 2015: Postcard Artwork Inspires Hope

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It’s that time of year when artist, writer and visionary, David Sandum, Founder of Twitter Art Exhibit calls for artists to collaborate across boundaries and borders for a good cause. This is the fifth year for hundreds of artists (both professional and amateur) to gift their own unique little picture to benefit the bigger picture. Submissions of original handmade postcard-sized art literally “fly in” from all around the world to raise funds for a worthy cause.

This year’s event held March 5-26, will benefit children and families through the Home-Start Moss organization in Moss, Norway, and will take place there. All of the artists and those who facilitate the event work on a volunteer basis. Cards are sold at the exhibit for $35 each with 100% of the funds going directly to the beneficiary.

My submission this year is called, “Hope Lives“. In a world with so many uncertainties and concerns, I wanted my little piece of inspiration to be a reminder that hope is alive. When it comes to keeping children safe and families healthy, it’s important to come together as a community to help build strong foundations for them where we can. We are always better together! Though we may not always feel it, we are constantly reminded through each breath we take, every new dawning of the sun, fresh blooms, bird songs and the transformation of the caterpillar into the butterfly, that the possibility of newness and rebirth is a constant. That there is hope.

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Website: www.twitterartexhibit.org
Twitter: @twitrartexhibit
Facebook: /twitterartexhibit

Related Reading:

#TwitterArtExhibit 2015

Twitter Art Exhibit 2014: Creating Art for Good

Burton Artist Alistair Kennedy to Join International Twitter Art Exhibit for Home-Start Families

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Going “Pink” for Twitter Art Exhibit 2014

Pink 2 by April McCallum

When I learned about the call for artists to participate in the Twitter Art Exhibit 2014, I decided to open my creative toolbox and start creating!

So, What’s the big idea? Well, it is a big idea, but it’s also a lot of little ideas that come together to form something quite powerful. Twitter Art Exhibit uses social media and public engagement to generate income for charities and nonprofit organizations. Artists from around the globe donate postcard-sized, handmade original artwork to help raise funds for a cause. Everyone from the artists to the organizers volunteer their time and talents, and 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the charity of choice. (Twitter Art Exhibit 2014 recipient: Special Needs Classes: The Contemporary Dance Center, Orlando, Florida).

"Pink Love 2" @AprilCartoons, April McCallum Designs

“Pink Love 2” @AprilCartoons, April McCallum Designs, Twitter Art Exhibit

I’ve long been a champion of marrying art with causes because I believe visuals can leave an impression that words alone cannot. Apart from my regular cartoons and illustrations, I also create collections of advocacy art, including Breast Cancer Awareness themes. My postcard-sized art contribution is titled: “Pink Love 2”. In keeping with my typical style, it incorporates simple clean lines, hot colors, design elements, and lots of white space. It also presents a “picassoesque” body image that is open to interpretation as breast cancer is such a personal journey and unique to every woman.

Every 74 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer. -Susan G. Komen

Twitter Art Exhibit founder and artist, David Sandum understands that the positive and influential power of social media, art, and collaboration to communicate and evoke action can make a unique and tangible difference in the world. Learn more: Twitter Art Exhibit 2014: Creating Art for Good.

Twitter Art Exhibit, Pink Inspiration

Inspiration for #TwitterArtExhibit

In keeping with the social media emphasis, check out my Twitter Art Exhibit board on Pinterest for a sneak peek at some of the creative energy generated by this event! Or, my Pink Passion for Life board on Pinterest. You can also join me on Twitter @AprilCartoons where I tweet about creativity, communications, branding, and innovation; or visit my online shop for breast cancer awareness.

A big thank you to artists David Sandum for championing humanity and the arts through social entrepreneurialism, Robin Maria Pedrero for curating the 2014 event, and fellow board organizers. Follow them on Twitter at @DavidSandum, @robinpedrero, @Twitrartexhibit using hashtag #TwitterArtExhibit, and on Facebook.

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Sealed with a Kiss! #TwitterArtExhibit

The exhibit will take place on March 20th 2014 at the CityArts Factory in Orlando, Florida. Artwork will be displayed through April 11th, 2014 and open to online sales to the public after opening night.

And with that, I send off my little piece of artwork, along with other artists from around the globe, and seal it with a kiss (for a good cause). With art, we can change the world!

 

 

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™–”Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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If You Had Your Life To Live Over

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a second chance to live your life over, or at least certain parts of it? Or, maybe you wouldn’t change a lot, but just adjust the way you viewed it, or responded to it. 

I came across the following thoughts from a woman who has seen and experienced more life than many will ever have a chance to. It’s refreshing to look at life, relationships, and circumstances from a little different perspective once in awhile.

“If I had my life to live over, I’d try to make more mistakes next time.  I would relax.  I would limber up.  I would be sillier than I have been this trip.  I know of very few things I would take seriously.  I would be crazier.  I would be less hygenic.  I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets.  I would burn more gasoline. I would eat more ice cream and less beans.  I would have more actual troubles and have fewer imaginary ones.  You see, I am one of those people who lives with propriety–sensibly and sanely, hour after hour, and day by day.  Oh, I have had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them.  In fact, I’d try to have nothing else.  Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead each day.  I have been one of those people who never go anywhere without a themometer, a hot-water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat, and a parachute.  If I had it to do all over again, I would go places, do things, and travel lighter than I have.  If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.  I would play hooky more.  I wouldn’t get such good grades except by accident.  I would ride on more merry-go-rounds.  I’d pick more daisies.” –Nadine Stair, 85 years old

There’s something about being more spontaneous for those who haven’t made it much of a habit. And there’s something about being more intentional for those who haven’t made it a habit. 

Though Nadine’s thoughts are lighthearted, many of us hold so rigidly to our old ways of doing things for no better reason than, “just because”. Call it tradition, habit, or lack of motivation.  But, as long as there is still time left in the hourglass, there is an opportunity to try something new, something different. Time to breathe just a little more freely, laugh just a little louder, take time to consider the more important things in life, or to simply try something new. 

Life goes by so quickly. Seasons come and go, as do opportunities, ideas, and people.  I can’t imagine what could make one more content than to live a full life–to any age–without regrets.  Maybe it’s time to get barefoot, to forgive, to love deeper, start a new tradition, lose an old one… or maybe, to simply begin living more intentionally.

If you could, would you change anything?  For the things that are within your control, there’s no time like the present!

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FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY: IJM’s The Just Church by Jim Martin

In the news today, we see heart-wrenching stories about the complexity and horrors of sexual exploitation, genocide, forced labor, debt bondage, extreme poverty, and a bevy of other human sufferings. More than ever, we hear talk about extreme poverty, ethnic cleansing, and human trafficking aka modern-day slavery. But as individuals and societies, especially in the western world, we find ourselves in a counterintuitive state of self-absorption and apathy that only fuels the brokenness, adding insult to injury.

And… Where’s the Church?

The church is right in the middle, yet many would argue, not fully awake. Although the church is commissioned to, “love your neighbor as yourself,” and the call for justice rings louder than ever, the world is missing, in large part, a crucial voice: The Church.  Do our “neighbors” not encompass widows, orphans, and others whose human rights have been so violently trampled upon?  Should we not hope for the church to be the first to answer the call?

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9

In The Just Church, Jim Martin of the International Justice Mission, (IJM) asks and answers: “Why is it that the glaring global justice issues of our day—issues such as sex trafficking, modern slavery, illegal property seizure and sexual assault—are so seldom addressed in our churches?  Why is it that the widows, orphans, aliens, and strangers so often mentioned in the Scriptures are so seldom mentioned (or present) in our churches?”  

The author challenges readers to “move outside our small worlds,” and “actually see and experience the world as it really is—inclusive of the suffering and pain that we could easily avoid noticing. It calls the church to move from apathy to action, not just calling out the issues and the need, but meticulously outlining strategies, sharing true stories, lessons learned, and offering tools that any congregation or individual can use in their justice-seeking mission.

FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY To enter, simply leave a comment below and you will automatically be entered to win a Free Copy of “The Just Church.” Winner will be announced by Nov 1st 2012. Share with Your Church & Tell a Friend!

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International Justice Mission brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems effectively protect the poor. 

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Learn more about how your church can partner with IJM on the frontlines and in your community. Purchase Copies of The Just Church, visit www.ijm.org, or follow IJM on Twitter @IJMHQ.  Click Here to invite Jim Martin or another IJM expert to speak at your church or event.

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New Book by International Justice Mission: The Just Church

 

Millions of people around the world are living in the grip of injustice today. Who will be their voice?  Who will see and hear them? Who will help bring them to a place of wholeness? Who will defend their cause?

International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. Although the concept of political advocacy can be a challenge for many churches, IJM takes the scriptures offer as a clear call for the church to become a voice for those living in the grip of oppression and injustice.

“Speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” -Proverbs 31:8-9

The fact is that child victims of rape, slaves, and widows whose land has been stolen from them need others to advocate for them. IJM believes that churches, Christian leaders, pastors, and congregations can—and should—play a vital role in advocating for the voiceless.  While you may agree, you (or your church) may not know how to engage. 

Here’s the good news! Today, IJM released “The Just Church: Becoming a risk-taking, justice-seeking, disciple-making congregation” by Jim Martin.  Finally, a “roadmap” filled with practical and relevant insights and information applicable and critical for any church’s justice mission. The author asks and answers: “Why is it that the glaring global justice issues of our day—issues such as sex trafficking, modern slavery, illegal property seizure and sexual assault—are so seldom addressed in our churches? Why is it that the widows, orphans, aliens, and strangers so often mentioned in the Scriptures are so seldom mentioned (or present) in our churches?”

Author Jim Martin

Jim Martin is the VP of church mobilization for International Justice Mission. He has been on the front lines of the battle for justice in the world’s darkest and most dangerous places.

He (along with IJM) has “been there and done that”. They don’t just talk about the issues, they live the issues. The Just Church will challenge and equip any individual or church committed to justice!

Donations enable IJM to bring rescue and restoration to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. 100% of author royalties will support the work of IJM.

What have you found to be the biggest obstacle or fear when engaging in justice in your church or community?  Are you ready to be a voice for the voiceless by becoming a risk-taking, justice-seeking church? 

Related Articles:

When We Call Evil Good

International Justice Mission: Making Public Justice Systems Work for Victims of Oppression 

Bay area churches called ‘justice-seekers’ in book from anti-trafficking leader 

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THE FREEDOM SERIES by Kathi Macias–Free Book Giveaway!

The Freedom Series is a collection of fiction novels about Human Trafficking, written by multi-award winning author Kathi Macias, and published by New Hope publishers.

I want to remind my readers of two opportunities to win FREE books from The Freedom Series!

  1. To enter to win a complete set of The Freedom Series  (Deliver Me From Evil, Special Delivery, & The Deliverer) on September 24, simply post a comment on the following blog site to enter: http://christianspeakerservices1.wordpress.com/.
  2. To enter to win the most recent book in the series, The Deliverer, simply post a comment below. The winner will be announced by Sept 30, 2012.  View the Book Trailer Now

If you missed earlier posts about the books in The Freedom Series, you can catch up here:

THE DELIVERER: An Interview with Abolitionist & Author Kathi Macias

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Interview with Abolitionist & Author Kathi Macias

DELIVER ME FROM EVIL: A Freedom Series Novel on Sexual Slavery & Human Trafficking

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THE DELIVERER: An Interview with Abolitionist & Author Kathi Macias

 

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning author who writes from the heart about some of the most important issues of our time: human trafficking, sex slavery, homelessness, border issues, freedom of religion, and historically courageous women. She is also an abolitionist, fighting and rallying others to fight, against modern-day slavery with her Freedom Series, a collection of fiction novels published by New Hope publishers. The third book in the Freedom series, The Deliverer follows her second book, Special Delivery, and her inaugural title, Deliver Me From Evil.

“I was horrified. I was also convinced that I had to do everything possible to help educate others about this widespread horror and to call them to join the fight.”

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Join me as we discuss the human trafficking novel, The Deliverer, and learn more about Kathi’s work and heart to see people set free:

While this is the third and final book in the Freedom Series, I’m sure there are people who are just learning about it. Would you please share what prompted you to write these books on such topic as relevant and difficult as human trafficking?

I was finishing up my previous fiction series for New Hope Publishers (the Extreme Devotion Series, dealing with the persecuted Church around the world) when Andrea Mullins (the publisher at New Hope) asked me what topic I wanted to tackle next. We discussed a few possibilities, and then she suggested human trafficking. I was aware of it and thought it was terrible but had no idea how widespread it was. I agreed to do some preliminary research and get back to her. When I discovered there are more than 27 million people held in various forms of human trafficking (sexual slavery, forced labor or military conscription, involuntary donation of body parts/organs) and that many of them are children (including an estimated 100,000—300,000 MINORS held in sexual slavery in the US today!), I was horrified. I was also convinced that I had to do everything possible to help educate others about this widespread horror and to call them to join the fight. Not only have I now written/released the Freedom Series on human trafficking, but I’m speaking on it everywhere/every chance I get.

What was your original objective in writing these books, Deliver Me From Evil, Special Delivery, and The Deliverer? And, what are you hearing back from people who have read the books? How are they taking action?

Originally my plan was to see the books alert readers to this horrific crime and, hopefully, challenge them to get involved in fighting it some way. That seems to be happening, but on such a larger scope than I had imagined. The response from readers is overwhelming! Pastors have written to say they are challenging their entire church to get involved on some level, and I’m being invited to speak all over the country on this topic. I am thrilled to see the Light being shined in this terrible darkness at last! As for specific actions, pastors and civic leaders are inviting me (or others in this ministry) to come and speak to their congregations/groups to help educate them on this massive tragedy. Readers tell me they are posting about my books all over the net to help snag people’s attention. I’m getting invitations to speak on radio and TV as well. I’ve also been contacted by readers who are getting involved in setting up safe houses for rescued victims, which is a huge need. I was even contacted by the Department of Homeland Security and invited to participate in group conference calls on the topic. Overall, I’m thrilled at the way God is using these books to help sound the alarm and to “rescue the perishing.”

It seems there is always someone in your books who is an intercessor. Why is that important for you to include?

This is vital to me, and as you said, I almost always include an intercessor in my novels. I know there were intercessors in my own life who prayed me through some incredibly dangerous and difficult times, and I appreciate those heroes of the faith more than I can express. Highlighting their importance in my books accomplishes two things: it enables me to honor those faithful intercessors who often get no recognition in this world, and it also calls others to get involved in intercession as well.

You write books as you often call them, parables with a purpose, on topics such as human trafficking, the persecuted church, illegal immigration, and your Christmas 2012 book is about homelessness. Some might call you an advocate. Why is it important for Christians, and the church as a whole, to discuss these issues?

You’re right that I call my novels “parables with purpose,” because I believe Jesus is our example and that’s what He told to His followers—parables with purpose. He didn’t just tell them “nice stories” to entertain them. He told stories that would grab them right where they lived, and then challenge them to change their hearts, their minds, and their lives. The Church has always been at the forefront of serious social change, leading the charge to abolish slavery for instance, and leading the charge on these other issues is right where the Church needs to be now. The first step is to discuss the issues, to make people aware of them, and then to call them to action. I believe gripping fiction is one of the most effective ways to do that.

Will you give us a glimpse, a taste of things to come — without getting too far ahead — of what’s in store for your next series and books on the horizon?

In addition to the 2012 Christmas novel, Unexpected Christmas Hero, dealing with homelessness in America, I will be releasing a new series starting in January. The first of the three novels is called The Moses Quilt, and it deals with a contemporary interracial romance, set against the background of a quilt that tells the story of the courageous, faith-filled woman known as Harriet Tubman. A contemporary novel dealing with the issue of abortion will follow, with the first woman doctor in America, Elizabeth Blackwell, as our backdrop heroine. The final book will be built around the much beloved Fanny Crosby, as we deal with the issue of people with disabilities. That series is from New Hope Publishers, but I also have a book releasing in the Spring of 2013 from B&H Publishers called Last Chance for Justice. It’s part of the multi-author Bloomfield Series, and I’m very excited about it.

You also write a devotional blog. Can you tell us what the focus is and where we can find it?

I started writing a weekly devotional several years ago, in response to a request from the then newly formed group CAN (Christian Authors Network). I sent it out as a group email and had about 40 recipients then. The devotional mailing quickly grew and expanded beyond the CAN group, with countless readers signing up to receive it. I also started posting it each week on my devotional blog (http://kathimacias.com/category/devotional-2/), which is part of my primary website (www.kathimacias.com), where you will also find my “Easy Writer” blog, which is more writing-related. (You can also sign up there to receive the weekly devotional in your inbox.) Over the years the devotional has been picked up by Crosswalk, Black Christian News, Latino Christian News (I offer it in Spanish as well as English), Believe.com, Christians in Recovery, etc., so the readership has mushroomed beyond anything I ever imagined. God is amazing, isn’t He?

Finally, we know you as an award-winning author, but you also enjoy speaking for women’s events, and other groups, as well. On what areas or topics do you focus your speaking presentations? How can a church or group find out more about having you speak for their event?

I speak on various topics, including the issues I address in my books, but on other topics too. One of my most requested topics is “When Passion and Purpose Collide.” That, along with several other popular topics, can be found in the speaking section of my website (http://kathimacias.com/speaking/).  To see my current speaking schedule and/or to explore the possibility of having me come and speak, just go to http://kathimacias.com/speaking/speaking-schedule/ and click on the Christian Speakers Services button to make contact. You can also see some of my speaking endorsements at http://kathimacias.com/speaking/endorsements/.

FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY! To Enter to win a free copy of The Deliverer by Kathi Macias, simply post a comment below. You can also help spread the truth about human trafficking by re-posting this interview on Facebook and sharing it with your friends. The winner will be announced by Sept 30, 2012!

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Note: I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author’s interview on my blog. This blog tour is managed by Christian Speakers Services (http://ChristianSpeakersServices.com). 

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10 Quotes About Compassion: Living Outside of Yourself

Compassion is defined as sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. The opposite of compassion is mercilessness or indifference. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among these fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects. –Herman Melville

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. –Leo Buscaglia

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. –Albert Pike

If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew. –Pocahontas

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived–that is to have succeeded. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. –Nelson Henderson

Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it. –Wilfred Peterson

We won’t always know whose lives we touched and made better for our having cared, because actions sometimes have unforeseen ramifications. What’s important is that you do care and you act. –Charlotte Lunsford

If there is any kindness I can show, any good thing I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. –William Penn

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and strong, because some day in life you will have been all of these. –George Washington Carver

Let these 10 quotes about compassion serve as a reminder that as members of this family called the human race, we are interconnected and are meant to share in life’s journey. It’s not always the planned or the expected that makes an impact. To the contrary, it is often the simple, small, personal, unanticipated, or seemingly insignificant gifts of compassion that light (or re-light) our hearts on fire. Memories of unexpected kindnesses and the thoughtfulness of both friends and strangers are forever etched on my own heart.

What about you? Maybe you remember a time when a friend or stranger showed you compassion in an unexpected hour. If so, what impression did it leave on your life?  How has it made a difference in your own compassion toward others? 

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