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  1. Compassion Wisdom, compassion and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men …Confucius

  2. Is Compassion Innate or Learned?

  3. Dictionary Definition • A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune And • The desire to alleviate the suffering • If you want other to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion ….Dalai Lama

  4. Is there a place for compassion in the Medical Field? • Has Medicine Lost its Compassion and Humanism?- AMA article discusses: • As a medical team approaches a patient, she was simply the 52 year old scleroderma patient in the intensive care unit • She was irrelevant, her disease was not • Has medicine become such a business that the human factor has been relegated to the trash heap? • Patch Adams

  5. Compassion and Medicine • If we could treat our patients and their families as if they were the most important people to us in our lives, I truly believe no patient would be mistreated or feel like they did not matter • Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but NO machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love and understanding • ……. Louis Gerstner

  6. Patients most frequent complaint is the attitude of health care providers • Most common reason for medical lawsuits have some link to health care providers attitude • Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive ….Dalai Lama

  7. Examples • Clowning Around • Balloon shooting • Pool of Spaghetti • Death and Dying

  8. Who Deserves Compassion • Cindy WHO • For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed …. Bell Hooks • Its OK to show compassion

  9. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ….. Plato • Be careful of Labeling • Compassion can not happen when you are judging • What defines a persons character? • Disease? Success? Failure? • Jock, Valedictorian, Overachiever, People Pleaser, Slacker, Party Animal , Flirt • Pot head, Addict, alcoholic • Depressed, Bi-Polar, Depressed, Anxiety, Anorexic • HIV, cancer, STD, Alzheimer, Autistic

  10. Kyle Story • To often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around …..Leo Buscaglia

  11. ACTIVITIES • Scenarios • Role Play • Practice, Practice, Practice until compassion becomes second nature • Compassion Quilt • What does compassion LOOK like to you

  12. Ideas you can do to put Compassion into action • Write a thank you note to someone in your community • Plan a service project with your friends or family • Visit • Click on opportunities for Action