Let Your Heart Break

I have been excessively swamped in Doctor V Land by transitions big and small. In the midst of much that seems overwhelming, I know more than ever that I need compassion to walk through each day with hope for the adventure that is tomorrow. And I know in a new way how each person I encounter needs that compassion too.

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I came across these words from Melinda Gates about how to show compassion, and I loved them. I share my stories from around the world, and I know that I am doing exactly what I am meant to be doing in the midst of this unjust, difficult world. And I struggle with how to introduce others to what it means to have compassion and hope and purpose when you confront poverty and pain beyond comprehension. Here's one powerful suggestion:

The world is full of what seem like intractable problems. Often we let that paralyze us. Instead, let it spur you to action. There are some people in the world that we can't help, but there are so many more that we can. So when you see a mother and children suffering in another part of the world, don't look away. Look right at them. Let them break your heart, then let your empathy and your talents help you make a difference in the lives of others. Whether you volunteer every week or just a few times a year, your time and unique skills are invaluable. - Melinda Gates

Don't look away. Let your heart break.

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