Moving Stories of Compassion

Today is the anniversary of the first mass posting on compassion by members of 1000 Voices of Compassion. What did I learn writing a post every month about some aspect of compassion? That compassion is, like everything important in life, complicated, difficult, and worth the effort. I could point you to the posts I wrote that taught me the most, but I realized I learned even more from others. So here are three links to my favorite compassion posts from the past twelve months.



The first is a story about nurturing that reminds us that overdoing it can be as bad as neglect.

I also loved the story of an unlikely angel who told a woman who’s son had been attacked that the attacker was more in need of her prayer than her suffering son.

The last story, about a woman who was grateful for the cancer the that took her daughter, resonated so deeply with me, it inspired me to write about my own unexpected gratitude for a suicide attempt.

I hope you’ll take time to visit at least one of these posts. You’ll find deep feeling and a new way of seeing the world in each of them.

Today, members of 1000 Voices of Compassion are celebrating a year of compassion. To see a list of other posts on compassion, click here.


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

10 thoughts on “Moving Stories of Compassion”

  1. Kit, I’m so glad you’ve found the posts of this past year so helpful and so touching. There have been some truly amazing stories shared, and thank you for highlighting the ones which meant most to you. Here’s to the second year of #1000Speak 🙂


    1. I’m definitely inspired what others write about their experiences trying to be compassionate in the modern world. I’ve learned a lot, too, but I felt like the original posts explained what I learned better than I could.

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