A Tiny Story About Compassion

No act of violence is as strong as an act of compassion.

I found the words recently on a slip of paper that had fallen between my driver and passenger seats. I didn’t recall writing them, so it must have quite awhile ago that, while driving, I pulled to the side of the road and wrote down words I had just heard either on a CD story I was listening to or an NPR radio show, words that had reached in and touched me so deeply I didn’t want to forget them.

Because I’m a writer, I always record where a quote came from. On this note to myself, I had written beneath the quote, “Co Springs.” The words make no sense to me today as a quote source. If you know whose words these are, I’d be pleased if you would kindly let me know so I can credit that wise person.

No act of violence is as strong as an act of compassion.

So powerful to ponder.

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Addendum: My friend, Lynn Foster, emailed me tonight to give me the link to this quote. It’s here: https://prh.org/physicians-statement-on-planned…/ This was a statement made by the physicians of Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs on 11-28-2015 following the vicious attack at the clinic that killed three people and wounded nine. The words are so powerful and poignant and true, I believe. The entire statement is so worth reading in full. Lynn, thank you so much.

About Mary Jo Doig

Mary Jo Doig was the first in her family to attend college and graduated from the State University at Oneonta in New York’s Catskill Mountains with a degree in Secondary English Education/Educational Psychology. There she fell in love with rural life, remained, and eventually transitioned from city girl to country woman when she married a dairy farmer and raised their three children on their small family farm. A life-long lover of reading and writing, Mary Jo has for nearly twenty years been a member of the Story Circle Network. There she has been an editor, a women’s writing circle facilitator, a book reviewer, and life-writing enthusiast, working extensively with women writing their life-stories while writing her own memoir. Presently, she is a three-time Program Chair for SCNs national Stories from the Heart conference and a board member. She also facilitates Older Women’s Legacy workshops and a women’s life-writing circle in her area communities. Her stories have appeared in Kitchen Table Stories anthology, Story Circle Annual Anthologies, and most recently her story “I Can’t Breathe” was published in the Anthology, Inside and Out: Women’s Truths, Women’s Stories. Her work also appears in varied blogs and periodicals, on her blog Musings from a Patchwork Quilt Life (https://maryjod.wordpress.com), Facebook, and Twitter. Her son and two daughters grown, Mary Jo presently treasures her country life in Virginia’s Central Shenandoah Valley. She loves cooking (and eating!) healthy food, reading, writing, quilting, hiking, and spending quality time with her rescue cats, Button and Xena, and beagle, Addie, who each dream of being only children. Her first book, Patchwork: A Memoir of Love and Loss, will be published in October, 2018 by She Writes Press.
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2 Responses to A Tiny Story About Compassion

  1. Great post. Thank you for sharing your “saved wisdom”.
    I’ve heard this before, and I’m thinking it may have been quoted by an NPR reporter in connection with the Colorado Springs Abortion Center violence. Don’t know who said it originally, though.


  2. Mary Jo Doig says:

    Yes, you’re right, Jazz. My friend Lynn traced it down and if you go to the revised post on maryjod.wordpress,com, the link is there now as an addendum. I did hear it on NPR and the link will take you to the operating doctors’ statement the day after the horrific attack at the Planned Parenthood facility there. Definitely worth reading. Thanks for the visit and your thoughts.


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