One of the questions I’m frequently asked is “with our problems so great what can I do to make a difference?” Many people I talk to want to take meaningful action to heal and reach across the divides that separate us. In meetings with seemingly diverse groups such as community leaders, activists, pastors, business owners, government employees, teachers, mothers, and “millennials” I hear themes of social isolation, hurt and disconnection as people seek to cope with the massive economic, political, social, and environmental changes happening in our world. The recent gun violence in Seattle only served to heighten these themes of division, and I, along with many of you, felt the sadness and horror of those events.
Compassionate Seattle has been focusing oncollective impactas a way to strengthen our community. In partnership with many we are organizing theCompassion Games: Survival of the Kindest. The Compassion Games are designed to heal and inspire, making our community a safer, kinder, and more just and better place to live.
Joining those in our area who have been working for decades to bring to light issues of poverty, suffering, injustice and violence, the Compassion Games seeks to unite neighbors to heal and inspire through community service. Together, as engaged citizens, we can strengthen what's already working in our community and collaborate effectively to create a connected and caring community.
While I recognize the pain, I also see the enormous opportunity for us to get creative and implement solutions as a community. With more than half the planet under 25 years of age, a whole generation who lived through and learned from the pivotal social movements of the 60s, and the internet connecting us, we live in a unique moment in history where we can engage like never before to inspire each other and change our situation for the better. If there ever was a time to be creative it is now!
The 2012 Seattle Compassion Games begin Friday, September 21st as a joint project with United Way of King County’s Day of Caring and continue through Sunday, October 21st, the last day of the Next 50 At Seattle Center. To be a part of the games, clickhereand join a growing list of partners and players.
Ask yourself these questions and get involved with the games to find support for your own efforts to contribute to a better world:
What are you doing already that would benefit from amplification and expanded community engagement?
Is there a tangible action/project/dream that could be done with your organization and the support of community volunteers?
Are there “hidden treasures” in your community/neighborhood that represent compassionate action or provide an opportunity for compassionate action?
Do you want to be part of Seattle’s Heart Map, linked with others engaged in creating the world we want to live in?
What random act of compassion can you perform to make someone’s day?
Tell us your answer to one or more of these questions andsign upfor our newsletter to learn more and play! Together we can “Go for the Gold” and truly make a difference.
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