What does it mean to truly see someone? Sure, we work and play next to our co-workers, friends and neighbors, and even family, but do we truly see them? What makes them happy? What struggles are they going through?

This past Tuesday night, we heard from five amazing individuals as they shared their stories of compassion at our annual Compassionate Atlanta fall fundraiser. It was easy to truly SEE each one of them after hearing their stories. So often, we don’t get to share in such an authentic way. What will people say? Will my family still love me? Will I be hurt – physically or mentally? Will I be fired?

In my home country of South Africa, there is a Zulu greeting, Sawubona, “I see you.” And Namaste, the Hindu greeting, means, “The Devine in me sees the Devine in you.” What if we could truly live our lives this way? We get so caught up in our labels and our politics that we hardly see one another.

This past week took us beyond labels and stereotypes and added a clarity to our common humanity.

Thank you to everyone who made this spectacular night so amazing!

A special shoutout to our Presenting Sponsor, Chicory Wealth. Thank you for your support!

This is why Compassionate Atlanta does this work. Remember, we see you and we want you to join us, as you are, your true, authentic self.


Leanne Rubenstein 
Compassion Cultivator
Compassionate Atlanta

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