À votre bon coeur

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”  

–  Dalai Lama

 

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”   –  Lao Tzu

 

“Compassion is the basis of morality.”   –  Arthur Schopenhauer

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À votre bon coeur

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Because it is that season

You toss small coins

Into the open palm

Careful not to touch

Even more cautions

Eye contact not made

You who have so much

Fling a pittance at

The starving man,

Woman with child

Coat threadbare

Congratulate yourself on

Your generosity

“If only they would get a job”

Yet by definition

There is nothing charitable in

You

Or your act

A total absence of

Kindness in thought

And deed

Caring requires

Compassion

Not a quick fix

For a guilty

Conscience

Or is it all for

Show?

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Bisous,

Léa

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About Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.
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4 Responses to À votre bon coeur

  1. Oh I love this Lea ! And so absolutely brilliantly expressed too.

    The quotes are excellent too. I have come across the first one twice recently and made a note of it, because its that simple! People write reams about this and this quote says it all! There is no need for lengthy explanations/essays/diacussion. This is all it is. Why is it so difficult for people to put into practice?

    I am on my soap box, please excuse me while I get down!
    I can go on a bit!! 🙂

    Love xx

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