The well-off and the secure have too often become indifferent and oblivious to the poverty and deprivation in their midst. The poor... have been shut out of our minds and driven from the mainstream of our societies, because we have allowed them to become invisible... Ultimately, a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for 'the least of these.
— Martin Luther King Jr., Our Daily Journey with God
Daily Touch of Inspirations
October 9th: Set the standards and use them
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
Alice Gray, Stories for the Heart
Along coast of vast Atlantic ocean there lived an old man. Each day when the tide went out he would make his way along the beach for miles. Another man who lived not far away would occasionally watch as he vanished into the distance and later notice that he had returned. The neighbor also noticed that, as he walked, the old man would often stoop down to lift something from the sand and then toss it away into the water.
Compassion for yourself when you fail means you don't need to be a delusional jerk to succeed and you don't have to feel incompetent to improve. You get off the yo-yo experience of absurd expectations and beating yourself up when you don't meet them. You stop lying to yourself that you're so awesome. Instead, you focus on forgiving yourself when you're not.
—(resource)Eric Barker, Barking Up the Wrong Tree
The Banyan Deer
— Buddhist Zen Story
Paulo Coelho, Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren
It is told about Gautama Buddha that he spent many lives in animal form, as various animals of the forest as the prince, Siddhartha of the Sakhya clan. This story is about his life as King of the Deer.