O is for Our Task…

Welcome to your daily dose of inspiration:
In Darkness Be Light

Since social media and news in recent times has been filled with so much hate and negativity, these simple reminders aim at promoting positivity and lightening up your day.

Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.    Albert Einstein



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There are simple, basic things we can do to widen our circle of compassion in order to prevent the fabric of our society, and ultimately our very humanity, from being ripped apart. What are your thoughts on the subject?


  1. Hilary Melton-Butcher on April 18, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Hi Michelle – wonderful quote here … spread our compassion, have compassionate thoughts as we see such sad things happening locally and around the world – your last paragraph is so important and I totally agree. Cheers Hilary


  2. L. Diane Wolfe on April 18, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Yes, all living things. That’s why people who don’t love animals worry me.

  3. susan scott on April 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Hi MIchelle – widening our compassion. We can start by showing compassion to ourselves for all our faults or things left undone, or harm or pain we may have caused as a way of really learning what compassion is .. with (com) passion .. and from that point spread it wider to all other beings, is my thought ..

  4. Laurel Garver on April 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    A great quote that highlights a core paradox of life–being self-centered is enslaving; what is freeing is developing expansive loving compassion that’s other-focused.


  5. Nick Wilford on April 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of great Einstein quotes and this is another good one. If only everyone thought of animals as being just as worthy as themselves, sadly it’s not the prevailing wisdom.

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 18, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Einstein was a very wise man.

  7. Gail M Baugniet (@GailMBaugniet) on April 18, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    We need to remind ourselves that “doing onto others” doesn’t mean to get even but to treat others as we want to be treated. It is important to demonstrate by example, by offering compassion in place of blame or ridicule.

  8. Lynn Hallbrooks on April 18, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I love watching nature from a distance. I can see how it is a passion for many people. I agree we should have compassion for our fellow living beings.

  9. Nilanjana Bose on April 18, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    This quote somehow reminds of a quote from the Upanishads – ‘vasudhaiva kutumbakam, all the world is a family’…


  10. Melissa Ann on April 18, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    A great quote.

  11. Jacqui on April 18, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I’ve read several compassionate quotes from Einstein–it seems to contrary to what I know of him from his biography. I suppose it has a lot to do with his part in the atomic bomb.

  12. Vanessa on April 19, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Compassion is often a good thing. I wonder what he was referring to when he said “to free ourselves,” though. Free ourselves from what, exactly? Hmm. 🙂

  13. Sara C. Snider on April 19, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Would be wonderful if we could all do this.

  14. Barbara In Caneyhead on April 20, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Extending kindness & compassion as you go, to all you encounter in ways both large & small.
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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