"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Saturday, August 31, 2013

compassion hurts...

the news is quite disturbing,
I should really turn it off.
Listening to a  call in show
and the caller was killed as she was talking.
God, her poor family.
Syria and Iraq want to
send the bombs.
When is it our turn to take care
of ourselves,
where does compassion lead?
Everyday I mourn the loss of my
all those children killed by
chemical weapons.
the grief, the sorrow, the
we can't stand by and let that happen,
we can't change it
how will killing more people make things right?
I am so confused,
I am so sorry,
compassion hurts deeply.
are we willing
to sit down at the table
with the horrors of the world.
I know I'm really off kilter
it's just so unfortunate,
the babies,
the fires,
the shootings,
the world,
compassion hurts.
doing my best
to send you a smile
and best wishes on this
holiday weekend.
be well friends.
stay safe.


  1. You are so right, the world is really in a shape these days. Some days I don't turn the news on at all, never anything good or the media thinks that is newsworthy.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. I had no idea you had lost your son. Oh my, I can't imagine anything worse than losing a child. It is worse than losing a mom. I agree, this word is in horrible shape these days and things are getting worse at times. We don't need another war in this world, not one bit.

    I am planning to go to Maia's celebration. I just don't plan to stay super long as there will be a lot of alcohol there and as it goes on in the night, I can only imagine how drunk some of my relatives will be. I plan to go early on to see everyone sober not drunk. My younger brother will be there too and I haven't seen him since Christmas.


  3. Joanne, I thought you were very balanced in your description here of the state of the world. It is the politicians and governments that are 'off kilter', not you.
    Compassion can hurt a lot, that is for sure, especially when we see and sometimes feel, all the suffering in the world.
    I will never give up hope that some day the governments of the world, with our help and our demands, will all come together and work out their difficulties peacefully and not by war.

    I really do feel that the US and Britain and others have a lot more to gain than saving lives (which is very important)....like the financial benefits and the strategic locations around the world they don't want to lose. I could go on, but will spare you Joanne...this time!! lol

    If more people spoke out like you just did the politicians would have to listen to us!!

  4. *hugs*
    I know what you mean.
    Have a safe weekend, all. ♥

  5. I was just talking with the whoa-man about why we have to always take charge when another country is doing something we dislike. It's beyond me (and her). On those days the news is overwhelming, I try and steer clear for a few days.

  6. War was the topic of conversation at work on Friday, and believe me, nobody was happy about this decision..why do we always have to jump in and risk the lives of our children? I watched a History Channel episode on the holocaust..so disturbing and I always have to wonder how humans be so cruel to each other..why can't we all just get along..but I know that is the way of the world and we can only try to be the best people we can be and hope and pray for peace. I'm so sorry you lost a child Jo..all this war talk has to be hard on you.

  7. Hello Sweet Friend like everyone who commented I sometimes just have to shut the news off because of how upsetting it is to me to watch such horrific cruelty around the world.
    I don't know what the answer is for all of this horror but going in there and bombing does not seem to be the choice we should be making.
    I feel horrible that I did not know about your son. I can't imagine the pain you are feeling and my heart goes out to you for your loss.
    I read on facebook that you had a blog visitor. I am jealous Mary Don met you and I have not. lol
    Take care honey

  8. I rarely watch the news, it's like getting a phone call from your hypochondriac great Aunt who regales you with stories of her ailments hours on end. For me personally, I find it best to support human relief efforts on an ongoing basis, vote for who I think will do the best job, and do my best to keep my own spirit calm and clear. And pray. Always pray. I'm so sorry to hear you lost a child. It must have been unbearable. But he's not really lost, is he? Just waiting for a reunion some day.

  9. I'm with you on this---why do we have to always jump into these things Our children, our young men and women are dying and do we really have a cause? I don't watch the news very much anymore, but of course, my husband does sometimes....but even he is getting weary of it. How old was your son when you lost him, Sweetie? My daughter was 31 when we lost her. I can't remember if we've talked about your son, but I'm so sorry! I know what it is like. :( Blessings.


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