what if we said it more

I’ve been thinking a lot of compassion lately. Understanding both sides of the story. Being aware of other’s needs before your own. Maybe it’s the political climate. Maybe it’s that I have small children and not a day goes by with some lesson that includes the word “share” “say you’re sorry” “I love you” and “It’s OK.”

Maybe it’s that the Weepies are on repeat tonight: “Don’t say words you don’t mean | Looking back now I only wish I had been kinder | Did I ever know love, did I ever know love? And could I have been blinder?”

But I’m constantly aware of the possibly oversimplified truth, but truth nevertheless, that if we all just learned to see and understand the other person’s perspective, and said “I’m Sorry” more often, the world would be better off for it.

And I personally wouldn’t mind painted color dots showing up every time forgiveness happened either. It’d be a much prettier world, at that.

Be unexpectedly nice to someone today.

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  • http://twitter.com/emihill Emily Hill

    I love this. And I totally agree.

  • Emily V

    Thanks. Both what you said and the picture are lovely.

  • holly dubois

    Oh yes…..we need lots more compassion in our world…my mum always said to us….” think about the other guy! ”
    Beautifully said…and as always I adore you work!!

    • http://www.sarahjanestudios.com/ Sarah Jane

      Love that phrase. Perfect reminder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17827749 Megan Wright Harr

    Cute! I love seeing more of Wellesly (?) and Winslow again. Too bad you’re not producing cards anymore; this would be a good one.

    • http://www.sarahjanestudios.com/ Sarah Jane

      I know. I thought about that too. Someday, I’m sure. Just not now.

  • Jenny

    I love this post, and I love the Weepies. Thanks for brightening my day with your thoughts.

    • http://www.sarahjanestudios.com/ Sarah Jane

      i Love the weepies. you can’t go wrong with any other their albums.

  • Kathleen O’Grady

    What a wonderful post! Everyone needs to read it, twice! I agree with Megan, it would make an awesome card :)

  • Kristin Marvin

    I have now learned that you are not only creative artistically but have a creative heart as well. You look deep into life, relationships, actions, etc. and relay it in such a way– both verbally and through your art. Such a sweet picture and smart thoughts!

    • http://www.sarahjanestudios.com/ Sarah Jane

      thanks Kristin:) You are such a dear xo

  • Liesel Potter

    I wish politically people would try to see both sides and be more compassionate! But that is for another debate… Love the illustration. Love the sentiment.

    • http://www.sarahjanestudios.com/ Sarah Jane

      OH gosh totally. I won’t go their either. But it’s the truth!

  • heather hales designs

    True compassion will absolutely make the world a better place. You’ve touched on the good that can come from compassion for our fellow man, but think how powerful compassion for ourselves would be? At the end of 2011 I was reflecting and I felt like the word that summed up the year for me was Compassion, but it was for others. I think by the end of 2012 I think I can some up the year with Compassion for myself. I am good enough in all my imperfect glory- and that is a really nice place to be!

    • http://www.sarahjanestudios.com/ Sarah Jane

      So true Heather. I love that you phrased it that way. I’m realizing more and more that often, we are the hardest on ourselves. My new motto for 2013 for sure: Compassion for ourselves:) thank you!