Tag Archives: Compassion

The Lion and The Mouse

A mouse and a lion are very different

from the outside

their lines trace them out to be that way

in fact they define opposite

-the world would like to say.

They would say

they are too different

from their creases to the way they walk

to how loudly they shout

or how quietly they talk.

From even how dull their pasts reflect

or how bright their scars shine.

Our world likes to do it that way

they divide and build borders –

for this is yours,

and this is mine.

They tell me that a thousand likes

or a dozen comments and words

are the way to succeed and dream,

but through the eyes of each heart

even a lion and a mouse

are more alike than they seem.

For when we strip away each layer,

when we peel back each scar,

revealed becomes each heart

and we see how similar

we really are.

When we forget how they live or look

when we let go of what we have been told

when the crowds cannot gather

and the events are put on hold,

when we forget what they say

though so much has changed,

we start to see people

in this new and beautiful way.

Change is happening.

Differences do exist,

but when it becomes about each heart

love doesn’t just conquer, it really can persist.

And that is where we realize

that like the mouse and the lion

we need each other

not the competition or fame

not the “he said, she said” game

because despite our beautiful differences

we

are all

very much the same.

Teal Pumpkins – More Than Just a Color

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) developed  The Teal Pumpkin Project

“…to help us create a safer, happier Halloween for all! Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.”

Read all about the Teal Pumpkin Project here.

Quoted from (Source): http://www.foodallergy.org/home


While we are beyond thankful for FARE and this entire campaign, teal pumpkins have an even greater meaning for us…

MORE THAN JUST A COLOR

-Written by: http://smilingawayfoodallergies.com/

Together we stand for so much more,

Eternal brothers and sisters as one,

Advocating for ignorance’s cure,

Living in unity has begun.

Pumpkins are orange or are they teal,

Ultimately it’s not about their color but what they reveal.

Moments that open up eyes and hearts,

Pumpkin’s new hue is only where compassion starts.

Kindness for one another no matter if we directly relate

Inner empathy inspires a greater fate,

No allergies or many- for once – we all can share the same plate.

Project deeper than who has an allergy and who does not,

Reality is bringing hope to what humanity has really got.

Optional participation but yet so many chose to learn,

Joyfully adding to Halloween’s allergy-free concern,

Everlasting gratitude for all who act without expecting return.

Celebrating a community coming together as one,

Teal pumpkins are just the start of a unity I pray has only just begun.


Our teal pumpkin and treats (still in the works...)

Our teal pumpkin and treats (still in the works…)

Even though my son is still too young to fully participate in Halloween, I am beyond thankful to everyone who plans to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project.   With so much negative news in the world today, times and campaigns like these bring hope for a society whose foundation can be built upon more compassion than we know.   With that being said, we wear teal proud and smile on to one great Halloween …

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Compassion Does Still Exist in Society

While this next story does not directly relate to food allergies and eczema, it has everything to do with compassion which relates to everything. Since this article proves that there are still caring, compassionate people in our world, it was too “smile-worthy” to not share…

Police went undercover to catch criminals. Their failure was inspiring.”

(Source: http://www.upworthy.com/)



“Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
I’m so tired of talking
About how we are God’s hands and feet
But it’s easier to say than to be
Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves
It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”
Well, I don’t know about you
But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire
I don’t want a flame, I want a fire
I wanna be the one who stands up and says,
I’m gonna do something
We are the salt of the earth
We are a city on a hill
But we’re never gonna change the world
By standing still
No we won’t stand still…”

“Do Something” by Matthew West

(Source: http://www.klove.com/music/artists/matthew-west/songs/do-something-lyrics.aspx)

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