As many of you blog and social media fans already know, this past Friday (February 20, 2015) was #1000Speak Day.
Several weeks ago (mid January) a group of writers/bloggers (led by Lizzi Rogers of Considerings, and Yvonne Spence) came together via the internet to form a group now known as 1000 Voices Speak For Compassion.
We currently are a group with nearly 1400 members (though the name indicates a mere 1,000, and it’s been in existence only a short time).And we all had only one goal and purpose in mind when the group formed – Compassion! We all desired to help encourage more of it. We wanted to write about it. We wanted to use our talents to share our individual thoughts and feelings about compassion and the world’s need for more of it … and we wanted ONE SPECIAL DAY to do it! So February 20th was declared #1000Speak Day – the day we would publish our posts and messages.
We started promoting the event/effort. We wrote our posts and prepared for the big day. Each of us by writing hoped that when we all came together on the 20th – when we published all of the articles we’d written that we’d cause a stir in someone – that Compassion would come forefront to the mind of readers … that our efforts would encourage – maybe even help change some bad to good. We wanted to write and hopefully make humanity more aware of the need for compassion. We were on the 20th and are today, united as a group in an attempt to make a difference of good in the world. Big or small. Whatever it may be – we are united in the hope that kindness will spread and changes will be made in how we treat one another.
Our members are from all around the world (with more being added daily as word spreads). Time zones were a factor that had to be worked out. How could we all post on the 20th of February when some of the members were nearly a day ahead or behind us? But our fabulous admins worked it all out and it happened. Each writer published their piece on the internet at some point of their Feb. 20th 24-hour period.
And a gigantic link-up stood at the ready to take in our individual articles once we had them published on our own blog or website. Check it out: #1000Speak Inlinkz Link-Up. An impressive collection – a massive link-up (library) that displays hundreds of #1000Speak (Feb. 20, 2015) articles regarding Compassion (complete with image icons and titles for each post). Each post “spoken” in a different “voice” of compassion – each taking a unique approach, using varying styles, interpretations, examples, feelings, and emotion.
The link-up was not a requirement and does not reflect ALL of the #1000Speak articles written for February 20, 2015. It was merely meant to act as a convenient place where a library-type record of the posts could conveniently be stored for future reference – an easy way to gather, browse, read and share them. So… there are 600+ entries about Compassion listed in the link-up, but that in no way reflects the TOTAL of all #1000Speak posts written. To find more, simply search your sources of social media using the hashtag #1000Speak.
Unfortunately, there were some who (due to technical problems on their end, emergencies, illness, and other unforeseen problems) were unable to link-up on the 20th. They wanted to, but they simply couldn’t. …
Valerie Russo sadly falls into that category.She suffered health problems yesterday and ended up in the hospital E.R. today. Now that would be enough for a whole lot of us to say, “Forget compassion. I don’t have time to encourage it right now.” Or something along that line. … But not Valerie! She had a message – some thoughts she wanted to share about Compassion to help the cause of #1000Speak – to help spread and encourage a better understanding and use of it.
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