Thursday, August 19, 2010

love thursday 08.19.10 ~ compassionate business

There is a common perception that compassion is, if not actually an impediment, at least irrelevant to professional life. Personally, I would argue that not only is it relevant, but that when compassion is lacking, our activities are in danger of becoming destructive. This is because when we ignore the question of the impact our actions have on others' well-being, inevitably we end up hurting them.

HH Dalai Lama

One thing all businesses have in common: People. Whether customers, employees, or owners, every business is made up of interpersonal interactions. If we do not bring compassion to those relationships, the potential for hurt or harm is great.

Will we make mistakes and hurt each other anyway? Sure. Humans do that on occasion even when the best of intentions abide as the rule. However, if we are known as compassionate beings, when the anomaly happens there is room for understanding, forgiveness, and relationship repair.

When we bring compassion and respect to all of our interactions, there is much more latitude for success. With compassion and respect as the groundwork, much greater yield is possible--on all levels.

...when we ignore the question of the impact our actions have on others' well-being, inevitably we end up hurting them.

Actions include how we use our words--tone of voice, comments, speech, written communication. Consider the ripple. Start with compassion.


Tracy said...

This is a beautiful post, Wanda. "Consider the ripple..."--new mantra. And look at those ginger fur-angels! ;o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

Deb Shucka said...

Amen, Sister. I read recently that all God needs from us is to be transparent and vulnerable, not perfect. I think that's the beginning of compassion.

Tell my favorite boys how happy this picture makes me.


Kathryn Grace said...

Love and comfort. I want to curl up with golden boys.

Seeing this, I'm wishing the anonymous commenter to some of your posts had read something like it before hurling hurtful words. I imagine her/his impulse came from a place of intense pain. I know I felt it, reading the slings.

How much more productive it might have been, had s/he chosen to initiate a discussion with the intent of understanding you and your process as well as offering some understanding of her/his perspective.

How much more could we all profit from entering any transaction, be it a comment on a blog post, meeting with friends or coworkers, or a stop at the local grocery, with the intent of seeing, really seeing the other with compassion and a desire to leave everyone with a smile on their face--and one on our own.

Shelia said...

First of all, those babies up there are deliciously CUTE!

And, I wholeheartedly agree with what you've written here. I find that in public schools, compassion is often lacking. I think it should be part of the curriculum to learn about compassion and empathy and how to practice both regularly.

Love ya!

Carrie Link said...

Can't go wrong with compassion. Period.