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This month we are focusing on global awareness. There are many reasons for our desire to focus on this topic and one of those reasons is to build compassion. Compassion means to empathize and sympathize with others in their distress (and in their joys) and to care in such a way to act on another’s behalf. We all hope this compassion will naturally flow out in the form of love and as stated above, action.
So what does it mean to be globally aware? I believe it means to genuinely try to understand how people all over the world live and what their lot currently is in life. This can appear as a daunting task, but is no doubt, a noble goal and one that should be sought after for the benefit of us and for the world.
Many times people view global awareness as reaching out to those across the world, but what about the people right in front of you? It is easy to be a culprit of this type of thinking and overlook people all around us. We need to remind ourselves that global awareness also means to share life with and walk alongside those living next door. Truly, the first step in becoming more globally aware and compassionate might be as simple as saying hello to each person you pass by walking along the street, to greet the person in line with you at the grocery store, to welcome the new person at work, to strike up a conversation with the stranger at your church, and to meet your next door neighbor. Saying a simple hello can start a world of conversation.
So, as you go out this week put yourself out there and say, “Hello, how are you doing today?” You might be surprised by what you learn and how your heart starts opening up to those around you!
(Stay tuned for an article at the end of this month where we will dive into this topic further!)
Stephanie Zeller is the Community Director for The Authenticity Project, you can contact Steph at TheAuthenticityProject@gmail.com