Taking Stock: Looking Back on 2014 and Listening

As we ease into 2015, we look back on some highlights from 2014 and welcome and offer our gratitude for every one of you who are part of our online community, now nearly 150,000 strong!

Compassion at work, poetry, and reflections on Robin Williams’ death
On our blog, we endeavor to share both the practical and inspirational, including examples of people incorporating love, forgiveness, compassion, and mindfulness in their daily lives and work; innovative programs and projects; and responses to world events. Among our top 2014 blog posts were Sarah Tollefson’s “5 Ways to Bring Compassion to Your Working Life,” offering a list of practical suggestions gleaned from a Fetzer-sponsored symposium; Roselle Kovitz’ “The Spaces Between,” reflections on the death of Robin Williams and musings on how easy it is to see each others’ “daily performances” yet miss the places that are tender, ill, broken, or imperfect; Kelly Russell Agodon’s “Self Portrait with Reader,” a stunning poem that calls us to “live with our hearts in our hands—like Mary”; and August’s practice “Remind People of Their Goodness.”

Resources for daily life
In January 2014, we introduced a monthly practice on our blog to help us cultivate love, forgiveness, compassion, and mindfulness in our daily lives. In November we revised and relaunched our popular Letting Go Practice, a contemplative exercise designed to help us think about, name, and release a “hurt” in our lives. And, due to the ongoing demand for our conversation cards, we created these resources for talking about love, forgiveness, and compassion in a format you can print at home in both English and Spanish.

Enduring food for thought

We continue to find daily inspiration in snippets of wisdom from others—some living, some historical giants, and others purely fictional. Here are a few gems from 2014 you especially liked.

Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
–-A.A. Milne

Last night, as I was sleeping
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.
–-Antonio Machado

Forget about enlightenment.
Sit down where you are
And listen to the wind singing in your veins. 
--John Welwood

While research and metrics are vital to our work, it’s often the things that can’t be measured that move, change, and connect us. In 2015, we look forward to sharing with you both the tangibles and intangibles that help us better understand and foster the power of love, forgiveness, and compassion in our daily lives.