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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Gift of ComPassion

The Gift of Compassion

Compassion goes a long way to bring people together in ways that break down borders, barriers, hearts of stone and steel. True compassion is a feeling that one has for another person, circumstance or situation. It is genuine care and concern. It is being sensitive and tender and it brings out the best in humanity.

Compassion is not something we hoard up or save for a rainy day when the world has gone awry. Compassion is a daily way of living. It is seeing each person as unique, never seen before individuals, honoring their journey and their story.  

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Compassion says I SEE YOU.

It doesn’t just mean that I see you with my eyes, but it means, I see you and your spirit with my heart.  It is saying to the universe, open the eyes of my heart so that I can see this person better that I might serve them well.

Compassion says I BELIEVE IN YOU.

It doesn’t just mean when the students are telling me stories during our morning meeting or in the hallway, but it means that I believe in you, in your gifts and talents that I know are in you. I will do my best throughout the year to not only sow seeds into your learning journey and into your life that are unique to you, but to also help you grow and when the time comes for harvest, your storehouse will be full because you will know that to me, you mattered.  I think you can do it. My greatest task is to give you amazing opportunities to show the world what you are made of!


It doesn’t mean I am here for me. I am here for you. I am here to help you find the tools you will need to do what you want to do. It means I am here to make sure that even your basic needs are met if that is what I need to do. It means that I choose to go above and beyond. Whether that is putting your hair in a fancy hairdo when you come to school with your hairbrush and clips, or finding resources for you when your house burnt down or knowing that you are a huge fan of superheroes and by golly, I found a game at a garage sale and thought of you.  It means that when you are crying because your grandma is sick during our math time together, I will stop and listen and I will even give you a hug and ask you if it is okay with you if I pray for you in my heart. Compassion is the way I say your name and honor you and your learning. It is the way I respect you and your spirit when issues arise.

In the end, it is important to live a life consumed with compassion: to see them, to believe in them and to give of yourself for the greater good. It is the open mind and the generous spirit that will bring the greatest change. A quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi is this:  “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do.”

Your time to say YES, is now it is up to you to do something.

Kimberly Hurd Horst, Education Professional
Isanti, MN United States of America

I am so honored to have one of my favorite educators and bloggers, Kimberly Hurd Horst, guest post on the ComPassion Based Learning blog. Kimberly is one of the most compassionate people I have connected with via social media and someone that I look up to for inspiration and advice. For more inspiration, please check out her Seeds For Learning blog.


  1. Love these thoughts, Kim . . . and Oliver, what a great place to blog great ideas. Both of you are choosing to BE the difference.

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