COMPASSION

is a feeling of deep sympathy accompanied by a strong desire to help.

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”

Tennessee Williams (1914-1983);
dramatist

“Give children at least as many chances to show compassion as they have to be competitive.”

Erica Layman (born 1965);
mother, advocate

“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity.”

Buddha

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion; if you want to be happy, practice compassion. ”

Mary Stewbeck

“You may only be someone in the world, but to someone else, you may be the world.”

Unknown

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.”

The 14th Dalai Lama (born 1935);

“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.”

Thomas Merton (1915-1968);
theologian, author

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

John Wesley (1703-1791);
theologian

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”

Morrie Schwartz (1916-1995);
professor, sociologist

“Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness - great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.”

Jim Rohn (1930-2009);
entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker

“Real kindness seeks no return; What return can the world make to rain clouds?”

Tiruvalluvar Tamil sage, poet

“What do we live for; if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? ”

Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880);
[George Eliot] Novelist

“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”

Philo of Alexandria (20-50);
philosopher

“Fear grows out of the things we think; it lives in our minds. Compassion grows out of the things we are, and lives in our hearts.”

Barbara Garrison (born 1931);
author

“The most powerful agent of change is a change of heart.”

B.J. Marshal

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965);
Philosopher, Physician, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart.”

Andrew Bennett (born 1939);
British politician

“That best portion of a good man's life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts Of kindness and of love.”

William Wordsworth (1770-1850);
poet

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ”

Aesop fabulist

“Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion, to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955);
theoretical physicist, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.”

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887);
clergyman, social reformer

“Frequently people think compassion and love are merely sentimental. No! They are very demanding. If you are going to be compassionate, be prepared for action.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu (born 1931);
Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“Make no judgments where you have no compassion.”

Anne McCaffrey (born 1926);
novelist

“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”

Rachel Joy Scott (1981-1999);
student, first victim of the Columbine High School massacre

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.”

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977);
comic actor, filmmaker, writer

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.”

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977);
comic actor, filmmaker, writer

“The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, What are you going through?”

Simone Weil (1909-1943);
philosopher, mystic

“Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer.”

Rachel Joy Scott (1981-1999);
student, first victim of the Columbine High School massacre

“If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. ”

Joanna Macy (born 1929);
Author, environmental activist

“There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.”

Bernard Meltzer (1916-1998);
radio talk-show host

“Alack, when once our grace we have forgot, Nothing goes right; we would, and we would not.”

William Shakespeare (1564-1616);
dramatist, poet

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

Tenzin Gyatso (born 1935);
The 14th Dalai Lama (b. 1935)

“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.”

Thomas Merton (1915-1968);
theologian, author

“Compassion for myself is the most powerful healer of them all.”

Theodore Isaac Rubin (born 1923);
psychiatrist, author

“Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.”

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983);
philosopher

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

Plato (428-348);
classical Greek philosopher, mathematician

“As man draws nearer to the stars, why should he not also draw nearer to his neighbor?”

Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973);
36th U.S. President

“When your brook dries up and disappointment comes your way, you do not necessarily need to assume that you did something wrong. ”

Bryan Robles (1977-0);
youth minister

“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997);
founder of the Missionaries of Charity

“Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.”

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887);
clergyman, social reformer

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Everyday Hero: Michelle

I had an unexpected quadruple bypass surgery 4 weeks ago. While in cardiac ICU I was pretty much in the hands of my nurses. I will never forget Michelle. When I was conscious she told me about her family, her church, and her faith. She is a young mother. I'm 60 and shared about my family. Her voice and her…

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Everyday Hero: Gregory

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This man is a youtuber. He goes by the name of Onision. He is a vegetarian. He is also an athiest. But he saved my life. i was going to kill myself. But he saved me from doing so. He started Youtube at the end og 2007 on to now. He mostly does funny things in his videos.

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Everyday Hero: Edward

This amazing citizen not only was awarded two purple hearts for heroic acts in World War II but truly possesses a golden heart. Every day, Edward's mission is to show compassion and love for all. At 84, Edward is incredibly active and responds to anyone who needs help whether it is of physical or spiritual nature. He has been a…

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Everyday Hero: Corrie

My hero, I would say, would have to be my dad. It may sound a little obvious but he is the one who is truly always there for me. No matter what crazy thing I decide to set my mind to, he has always been the one that is there to let me know I can do it. He is…

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Everyday Hero: Robert

My dad was born and raised in Oklahoma. The depression was a reality for he and his five siblings. Shoeless and eating lard and brown sugar sandwiches when no other food was available was also a reality. Education was everything. At 17 Dad joined the US Marine Corps, and was promptly sent to fight the Japanese in the Solomon Islands.…

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Everyday Hero: Pauline Fry

The first time I laid eyes on Pauline was in a large factory cafeteria. I was just a kid, just turned 18, alone and trying to survive in a strange town, never had a job before, a wallflower, shy, the whipping child from a toxic family. I was overwhelmed by the factory... a loud buzzer went off and your section…

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Everyday Hero: Grace

My niece has been playing hockey since she was five and it is her greatest passion. Last year, as a high school freshman, she tried out for the varsity hockey team and, when she didn't make it, shook off the disappointment and simply played in another league for girls her age. This year she tried out again and made the…

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Everyday Hero: David

What exactly is a hero? I think the definition is different for everyone, but for me, my dad is a hero. It's truly amazing how one person can change your life, people who you take for granted every day. People can make a difference in your life, and that’s what my dad did. My dad served in the Army. He…

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Everyday Hero: Bob

Mr.Marley was a peacemaker. Bob helped create human rights for African people. Bob told the world ''We are one blood Black,White,Chinese,Japanese same red blood.'' Bob got a Nobel Peace prize. Bob wanted all people to live in harmony, one man tried to kill him, but Bob kept speaking about peace. Bob was born on Feb.6.1945 and died on May 11.…

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Everyday Hero: EDDY

Eddy is my 41yr.old precious son, he's a single parent with a son named Alex who is 19yrs.old and works hard and is in college. Through my son and his endless dedication, love, and constant Faith he has reared this child to become an honest,respectful,caring and faithful young man who loves his Family. I have seen many struggles for my…

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Everyday Hero: Nanny Jean

My hero has to be my grandmother. For years she has been fighting MS, almost 15 now. For those of who you who don't know, MS is caused by damage to the myelin sheath, the protective covering that surrounds nerve cells. When this nerve covering is damaged, nerve impulses are slowed down or stopped. Like cancer, there is no cure…

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Everyday Hero: Jeanne

Jeanne is a high school teacher at a local high school, and head of the student volunteer group, Project SHARE. For the past seventeen years, she has been bringing students into New York City to distribute bag lunches, blankets and clothing to the homeless. Many of the homeless in New York City know Jeanne or know about her work, and…

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Everyday Hero: Noah

Noah is an author and spiritual revolutionary. His memoir is about his life, growing up as an addict, and learning through it. He has become this amazing human being that devotes his life now to helping, and teaching others. He has changed and helped peoples' lives from all over the world from his messages of compassion, forgiveness, and understanding. He…

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Everyday Hero: Raven

Raven is my Pastor. She is one of the most giving people I have ever known. Though I live 120 miles from the church, Raven is always there. I can always call her & ask her to look in on someone from home in the hospital where she is. You NEVER feel alone when Raven is with you.

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Everyday Hero: Imelda

My mother is my hero. She resides in a country that is well known for its poverty and diseases. Amidst all that, she is a self-sacrificing woman who, although gave birth to only one child, has looked after more than 30 children. Not in an orphanage kind of arrangement, but from her home. The care she gives is the care…

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Everyday Hero: Nathan

My son's best friend, Chris, lived with his divorced mom. Sam (the mom) was very good to him and the dad invited Chris and my son to travel with him on wonderful, exotic vacations over the years. When they were in 12th grade, Sam was diagnosed with liver cancer. My son was so well loved by the family, that when…

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Everyday Hero: Cathy

She loves me unconditionally, she will always support me, and she cares for me forever. My hero is my mom. She has been by my side since I was born, 17 years ago, 3 months premature. By some miracle I managed to survive with no major complications. And she was by my side the entire time. When I was three,…

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Everyday Hero: James

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James is my hero because in every part of his life he strives to make life better for those around him and one way he does this is by educating others about bullying and racism. James is an artist and does incredible art that often highlights courageous parts of America's history in civil rights and Native American tribes. He is…

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Everyday Hero: Terri

My hero is Terri. She is not the typical 'save the city' hero that many people talk about. Not many people hear about her because her work is done out of care and love. She works as a social skills trainer. I am one of her clients. She has helped me so much by being there when I need her.…

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Everyday Hero: Matthew

He is the best teacher I have ever had. He teaches his students not only the subject matter but compassion for the less fortunate. His energy to help out is so much that it overflows to his students and his energy is always channeled into something positive.

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Everyday Hero: Alexander

So, I had an amazing experience with my 6 yr old son. We have a special saying that I try to instill in him. Simply "always be a good man." There is more, but that really says it all. Well, last night as we were getting him ready for bed, we sat and said our prayers for the night. Afterwards,…

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Everyday Hero: Trent

He is my dad. Okay, so not really. But, he's my step-dad. My mom married him when I was almost 5 years old. My whole life he has always been there for me. Done everything that my "real" father hasn't. When I am down, he'll pick me up. He has done so much for me in my life. The biggest…

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Everyday Hero: Edohoeket

As a child, I grew up seeing my hero treat people with so much respect. He gave time to the rich and to the poor. He shared everything that he had with others. He was very courageous, brave, and hardworking. He believed in peoples dreams no matter how unrealistic the seemed at the time. He loved all people unconditionally. And…

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Everyday Hero: Jamie

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"To Write Love on Her Arms is an American non-profit organization which aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self injury, and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery."

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Everyday Hero: Col. James

As a young boy of seven, who lost his mother and father from drinking, this man came in to my life and showed me what a family really was and helped me through all the bad times. Thirty years later I remember him as is it was yesterday and all the things his family and he did for me.

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Everyday Hero: Keith

After reading a story about chimpanzees discarded from the biomedical testing industry, Keith put his entire being - hands, heart and bank account - into constructing a facility to provide sanctuary for these incredible animals forced into such sad situations. After many years of hard work and quiet determination, Keith built Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, literally from the ground up, and…

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Everyday Hero: Alan

When I was a child our family was on welfare and not doing well. We were four children being raised by a single mother. Alan had never met us before, but ended up paying for our education and serving as a role model to me until this very day. Without his kindness and guidance it is hard to imagine that…

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Everyday Hero: Jeanne

Jeanne

I do not even know where to begin with only 500 words to describe my hero! Calling Jeanne a hero is an understatement. I've always tried to convince her that she is indeed a hero, but she claims she’s just another individual. Jeanne is my former high school youth leader whom I have known for five years now. She has…

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Everyday Hero: Emily R

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My hero is a little girl named Emily who was tragically killed on PCH in Malibu by a driver trying to take his own life. Emily was 13 years old and her actions and attitude have changed a community. Emily was all about love, all about being who you were and not hiding it. She had friends of all ages…

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Everyday Hero: David

What exactly is a hero? I think the definition is different for everyone, but for me, my dad is a hero. It's truly amazing how one person can change your life, people who you take for granted every day. People can make a difference in your life, and that’s what my dad did. My dad served in the army. He…

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Everyday Hero: Ann

Anncurry

I definitely feel Ann Curry is a hero, especially after her starting this incredible movement of 20/26 acts of kindness across not just our nation, but our world! I've always admired her for the compassion she shows for all, no matter where she goes. It would be my dream to meet her one day, but for now, I can only…

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Everyday Hero: Akinyemi

Lapinni Akinyemi began his Social Work and Community Development initiative at the age of 16 in 1990 working with prison inmates. Ten years later this passion led him to start Family Alive Network, a non-profit organization with the aim of raising young people to be global leaders and social entrepreneurs. He operated for 8 years without funding, but secured his…

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Everyday Hero: Gabe

My hero is my uncle Gabe. He just passed away this last spring; he was only 35 years old. He was always a caring, determined and fun person. At all the family get togethers he was always the life of the party and made everything we did into something exciting. I never really had a real father figure besides him;…

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Everyday Hero: Dora

This is my grandma and she was always very supportive of everything I did. She was always doing good things and helping other people. She lived her life to the fullest and did her best to live everyday like it was her last.

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Everyday Hero: Kathy

My Aunt Kathy was one of the most special people I have known in my life. She was the kind of person that never said a bad word about anyone, she was loved by everyone that ever knew her. She was not a perfect person, she made mistakes, but she helped me through some hard times growing up and always…

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Everyday Hero: Sky

Sky created a video to entertain, inspire and raise awareness on the issue of homelessness, and offer a way for people to donate to homeless charitable groups. In 4 days on YouTube (search: 'kermit under pressure') it has had over 617,000 hits, and has motivated many to contribute to the cause of reducing homelessness. I admire his spirit, his effort,…

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Everyday Hero: Richard

Richard and his wife (Myra) have been teachers in some way all their lives. They have helped in ways we only wish people would really take time and effort to do. Without expectation of any return, they have touched so many lives, old and young, by their constant giving of themselves and making people feel good about themselves. They also…

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Everyday Hero: Andy

although he passed away already, I can assure you, that Mr. Griffith taught me values that were not taught in my house. His Character had a great impact on my life.

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Everyday Hero: Joel

This story begins on a cold day in November, where our hero emerges from the bathroom. Hands held high, he screams out "Save the Kittens". An avid kitten lover, and fan of the Hawks, he decided to adopt a kitten. After naming the kitten Chief Paw Paw, they soon became suspiciously close. Their relationship started to bloom. One day, after…

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Everyday Hero: Rachel

As she watches her mother fight breast cancer this year, Rachel has persevered, believing that if anyone can beat the illness, it's her mother, Bernice. Through the chemotherapy, hair loss, and emotional hardship, Bernice has thus far defeated the hardest of enemies, a malady that threatened her health and happiness. Despite her mother's progress, Rachel decided that she wanted to…

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Everyday Hero: Antonio

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Well, my hero is is a true connoisseur of the heart. One image that sticks in my mind is when one day we were riding on the bus. The driver made a stop and I thought it odd that someone was waiting to get in at the back entrance. Before i could realize what had happened Tony jumped out of…

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Everyday Hero: Valerie

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My hero is my mom Valerie. She has not only had but raised me and my 6 brothers and sisters. I.am the youngest and heading to college in the fall and thought she should be given recognition for that accomplishment that took her 30 years. While dpending her time instilling good values and morals into all of us she also…

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Everyday Hero: David Stupay

In the words of Alanis Morrisette "He reminds me God's face is handsome". David is an individual resilient to modern mans stumbling blocks, while all the while never failing to stop and reach out to those who stumble. A hero and friend in all respects. I agape love him!

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Everyday Hero: Jenny

My mom is my hero! I started my life as the daughter of a drug-addicted, alcoholic 19-yr-old. When I was 5, Jenny rescued me. At only 23, she took me and my little brother in and raised us as her own and even after giving birth to two children, she never treated us any different. She never treated us as…

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Everyday Hero: Gilbert

My hero is – despite its cliché - my dad, Gilbert. I won’t pretend that he and I have an amazing father-daughter bond, because I wouldn’t say we do, and I won’t pretend that I’ve never disagreed with him, because I have. Although I may not want to follow his footsteps, I won’t deny that the man has charisma and…

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Everyday Hero: Kaye

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Unconditional Love. Is is these two simple but far reaching words that sum up Kaye Martell and her service to others, our neighbors, and our community. For over fifteen years, she has led a group of human and canine volunteers through hospitals, children's clinics, schools, nursing homes, and hospices. This follows witnessing the significant impact her dog made on her…

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Everyday Hero: Vickie

My hero released me from fear and shame. Serving the public as a photo technician is no place for a toothless, 56 year old woman but that is where I was when Vickie found me. The absence of teeth in my mouth was painfully obvious to the finest dentist in our small community of Homer, Alaska. After she left the…

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Everyday Hero: Jane

Jane Goodall has always been what I consider to be a hero. She devoted her life to the study of chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, Africa. For forty five years, Jane studied and interacted with wild chimpanzees. She was the spokesperson for many conservation funds, including the WWF. Through Animal Planet, the WWF, and others, she…

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Everyday Hero: Kenda

Kenda is a Hero as she has brought more joy, smiles and higher self-esteem to my young adult child and others like him. You see, Kenda created and directs "Movement E-Motion", a dance program for individuals with different abilities - young adults aged 13 to seniors with Down Syndrome, Autism and physical challenges. This lady, the artistic director of AZDance…

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Everyday Hero: Steve

There are many people who know the right things to do in life, but not many people who actually act on them. My brother, Steve, is an exception. He lives his life by assisting others and has recently helped a friend obtain a much-needed prosthetic leg. At the beginning of 2005, Steve's friend was stricken by two devastating diseases resulting…

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Everyday Hero: Mary

I have to say too that my Mom is my hero. Our family lost my father in 1972. She is the mother of 3, I am the middle child. I was 13, my brother 14 and my baby sister was 9. My mother has taught me all there is to know about being a mother myself and the type of…

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Everyday Hero: Tracy

The definition of a hero in the dictionary is, "someone distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility and strength." I know this is going to sound cliche, but my mom is my hero. She takes care of me and my family, she goes to work and is usually happy. But the main reason why I idolize her as my hero is because…

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Everyday Hero: Mary

This woman has been there for me through thick and thin. I've put her through heck and I surely don't deserve this woman as my mother. She is my inspiration to chase my dreams no matter the price. She has the smile of a best friend... Thank you for everything mom..!!

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Everyday Hero: Team Martina

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My hero is my cancer fundraising team called Team Martina. We are the group of fans that Martina McBride showed a photo of on “The Today Show” on Oct 26. I started this team of country music fans that has raised over $65,000 for cancer research in a year and rallied to save a family in Nashville in danger of…

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Everyday Hero: Charlotte

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Charlotte's brother was murdered in 2010. Charlotte co-founded an organization called (JONS-Jonathan's Outreach Network Services, Inc.) to honor her brother's life. Charlotte has been feeding people in the community since June 2010. Charlotte uses her own money each week to purchase food from the food bank and fit grocery bags of food for people in need. Charlotte has started to…

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Everyday Hero: Carrie

My sister, Carrie, is my hero. I always tell people, "She's a saint." She is. For several years now, Carrie has cared for developmentally disabled people in a group home setting. She does things on a daily basis that I couldn't even imagine - changing diapers, dealing with all kinds of problems, bathing and even lifting these grown adults who…

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Everyday Hero: Erin

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I met Erin through an integrative health practice in New York City. At the time, she was working as the receptionist. From the first moment I met Erin, she greeted me with one of the biggest and warmest smiles. Since, then we have become friends. Erin is truly inspirational. She is an artist living in Manhattan, and balances her artistic…

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Everyday Hero: Elva

My hero is my Mom. She has always been a steady, motivating influence in my life. After she retired, she and my Dad decided to travel around, but ended up living in a very small community in deep South Texas. When they moved here, they realized that this community has a terrible frequency of poverty, hopelessness, and despair. So, Mom…

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Everyday Hero: Eldad Hagar

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Eldad has saved thousands of dogs mostly in Los Angeles. Please read about him at Hope for Paws. HopeforPaws.org.

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Everyday Hero: ben

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Ben cohen was born on September 14 1978. He began playing rugby in 1996 and became a very successful athlete helping his team win the 2003 rugby world cup. In may of 2011 ben retired from professional rugby to pursue the standupfoundation. An organization dedicated to combating homophobia and bullying. A selfless and courageous act for a strait male to…

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Everyday Hero: Roberto

The premier Latin ballplayer of the 50s and 60s, Roberto had triumphed over discrimination and had very little left to prove. But on New Years Eve rather than celebrate with friends, he choose to accompany a plane load of desperately needed supplies to the earthquake victims of Nicaragua. He lost his life that night but the name Clemente now stands…

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Everyday Hero: Henri

One of my heroes is Henri Landwirth. As a boy, he was taken to a Nazi concentration camp, where he spent most of his teenage years. He was released by a sympathetic soldier at the end of the war. He found his sister, and they came to America together. Henri worked at a hotel, starting from the bottom up. He…

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Everyday Hero: Sarah and Jeffrey

It is not every day that two youngsters set an example as role models in their community. Sarah & Jeff, 14 & 12, also happen to have cystic fibrosis. Although suffering from a life-threatening disease, they always have the compassion to give back to their community. Sarah has experience dealing with the public. She has poise in the spotlight, while…

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Everyday Hero: Melissa

Melissa is a friend I have known for only a short period of time, but she is someone who has made a tremendous impact on my outlook of the world. Melissa is a teacher who dedicates so much of her time in and outside of her classroom to brighten the lives of children whose lives are filled with chaos. She…

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Everyday Hero: Rebecca

I would like to nominate Rebecca as my hero. Her compassionate nature led her, while still in her teens, to become a care-giver for a family of five developmentally disabled foster children ranging in age from 18 months to 27 years. These individuals each have different levels of disabilities: some have cerebral palsy; others have fetal alcohol syndrome; others have…

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Everyday Hero: Steven

Steve W., Rufus King High School's hero, selflessly devotes time, talent and treasure to better the school and its students. A man of deep integrity, he embodies the qualities of the National Honor Society chapter he runs: scholarship, service, leadership, character. Spending 12 hours every weekday and often weekend time to ensure top-notch teaching, Steve demands his students' best and…

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Everyday Hero: Nancy

I met Nancy B. a number of years ago through a mutual friend. I was told I had to meet her because we had a lot of similar interests. Besides, we shared the same name. About a year later I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy when I attended the first planning meeting for a nonprofit grief center. Nancy's passion…

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Everyday Hero: Behnam

The Charity organization set up to help cancer patients which is known under the name of Behnam Daheshpour, in fact, bears the name of an Iranian youth who was attacked by cancer at the beginning of the seventeenth spring of his life and struggled with the disease for three years. Unfortunately, his short life came to an end at the…

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Everyday Hero: John

John Gottman has been studying what makes marriages work and how parents raise emotionally intelligent children. His books and lectures make the concepts alive and relatable and we would all benefit from incorporating the values he talks about into our closest relationships. John is one of my heroes for this important work he is doing.

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Everyday Hero: Emily

Emily is the most special girl I know. She isn't like any other. When ever you go to Emily with a problem, she is there to help. Whenever you need, Emily she is there. Emily never hesitates to help someone out if they are in need. Emily really displays all of the values, but her compassion for others is amazing.…

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Everyday Hero: Pat

When I was in high school I was running with a bad crowd. I took 'Adventure Class' for PE (because I heard it was easy). Pat was my teacher and she inspired me in so many ways over the last 3 semesters I was in school. We did things on the ropes course and she pushed me to excel, she…

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Everyday Hero: Woody

While walking down a street in New York to return to our hotel room, Woody saw a man fall on the street and immediately ran to help him up. The man had been drinking heavily, so Woody helped him to a local restaurant, bought him some food and helped him find his way home.

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Everyday Hero: Christopher

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He is my hero because he has sacrificed more commercial endeavours to produce films that educate and inform like Trade of Innocents. He helped me overcome a fear of the stage and speaking parts by including me in Christmas dramas and was very patient about my nervousness, general clumsiness until I overcame my fears. When in Grade 8, I could…

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Everyday Hero: Andrew and Linnea

My heroes are Linnea and Andrew, who stayed by their sisters side throughout her cancer 6 years ago. Andrew was 6 1/2, and Linnea 10. All three kids were in the middle of their parents getting a divorce when middle sister Sammy got diagnosed with fourth stage Wilm's tumor. Linnea and Andrew took the care, responsibility and compassion to help…

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Everyday Hero: Lisa

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Lisa McMillan has been providing the elderly and students at Jefferson Davis College in Brewton, Alabama, free lunches for the past 3 years. It began when she discovered that students on campus were hungry when 2 young men came into her restaurant and purchased a package of cookies for 1.00 and the 2 sat down and shared these cookies. She…

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Everyday Hero: Lola

A little over a year ago my wife's mother, Dolores, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Her prognosis was very poor and she wasn't expected to make it to Christmas. After getting the news, we moved our family closer and arranged for my wife, Lola, to stay with her mom to help. What followed would leave me with indelible feelings…

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Everyday Hero: Will

My brother. He joined the Navy right out of high school and spent four years as an enlisted person. He didn't re-enlist but rather enrolled in college, using his GI-Bill. Our dad, who had retired from the Navy years before, told him he'd better re-enlist because he was too stupid to finish college. My brother not only went on to…

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Everyday Hero: Dad

My Hero is my Dad...though he has been gone almost 7 years. After being diagnosed with ALS, he never once complained, moaned, groaned or felt sorry for himself. Up until the day he laid unconscious and passed, he wanted all of us, wife, daughters, son-in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to stay positive and to remember the wonderful person he had been…

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Everyday Hero: Robert

Robert Beckerle, my father, is my hero. During the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, he was thrown out of a restaurant for going in with an Indian friend of his to eat. They were refused service and told to leave. They refused to leave, and had to be physically "escorted" out. My father eventually went to law school (at the…

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Everyday Hero: jean

I was a school crossing guard. My day started as it typically did...around 10am without warning a car ran a red light. I didn't realize what was happening. I heard metal crumpling and the next thing I was on the ground. Pain rang thru my entire body. I was worried, I heard sirens and knew the school bus was due..it…

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Everyday Hero: Ray

He was my former boss and was always there for anyone who needed a hand-up. As a single mom he gave me a job when no one else would, he also allowed me to bring my daughter to work with me when my daycare plans didn't work out.

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Everyday Hero: Salima

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Salima was born and brought up in Mombasa, Kenya, beside the Kikambala village, where the 22,000 residents live below the poverty line. Down the road from where she lived, there was a government school. A lot of her Saturdays, as a child, were spent with children from this school, and every time she went to the school she would watch…

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Considering that compassion is all about love and kindness to others, I'd say that it is exactly what I feel towards the giorls who work as shop assistants. Very often I put myself in their place and feel as if I was one of them.
Marco Antônio about 1 month ago from Brazil

Precisamos ser compassivos, e isso é um valor que vemos ser pouco praticado, mas cada um tem que fazer valer. We need to be compassionate, and this is a value that we see little practiced, but each one has to enforce.
Anderson 10 months ago from Colatina, ES - Brasil

This quote has alot of swag.
Swaggeer over 1 year ago from pico rivera

Compassion is all about Love and Kindness to Others Unconditionally and Selflessness.
Mahesh over 1 year ago from India

Compassion puts feet to the feeling.
Bruce Willingham almost 2 years ago from Warner Robins, Ga

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