The Growth of Compassion

Have you ever seen a tree growing out of a rocky cliff? I always love it when I see that – out of nowhere, life bursts into being. I was reminded of this today when I looked out and saw a bloom on a jasmine plant that I “knew” was dead. I had almost removed the plant, which at one time was a critical part of my outdoor canopy over my homemade covered deck. I was sad and had no idea why it died. And then today, I saw green leaves with flowers. There was new life. I was thrilled and amazed. From a “dead” vine – growth.

So, not earth shattering, but pretty awesome. What does it take to cultivate something? To stay committed and see beyond the woody branches to the green sprouts? Tending to our gardens, and our families, and our communities is the work of mothering.

This is also the essence of Compassionate Atlanta -cultivating compassion. Yes, we believe that with patience, cultivation and not giving up, compassion will grow. Out of the sides of mountains, out of the chambers of city halls, out of our schools, homes and businesses, compassion will sprout and grow.

Keep germinating those seeds and add your gift of gratitude.

Wishing you all a day of possibilities,

Leanne Rubenstein
Compassion Cultivator
Compassionate Atlanta

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