Desmond Tutu on Compassion
I heard this excerpt on the radio this morning – filled with laughter as Desmond Tutu spoke of teaching and talking compassion with children:
” I get angry with God, very angry with God, why would God let this, that or the other happen? ( making growling noises, angry sounds)
I know that when I am angry that God is speaking to me – I get angry with God and cry with God and laugh with God a great deal of my life. I know to listen.
God did not make you trash.(laughter)
…..and when you fall down and make a mistake – God does not throw the trash (you) out with the rubbish! (laughter) No God says stand up and try again.
And when you make another failure (laughter) mistake, God says, ‘Oh well,'(sadly and rather ho-humly) (pause) – now get up and brush yourself off and try again( like an order). God’s message is try again.”
From the Seeds of Compassion Conference in Seattle April 2008
One listener conference attendee said that the best thing that is rolling around in his head since leaving the conference is this idea: Seeds become plants, become fruit,become fuel, become seeds – it makes his living of his life more compassionate