Is There a Time Limit on Compassion?

Let’s face it, we live in very fast times.  Our day-to-day activities are boiled down to drive-thru visits and text messages.  We just don’t have time to focus on anything for too long.  There is just too much going on.  I thought I would share a list of things that have happened in the last decade  in no particular order.


Hurricane Katrina (2005)
Miners trapped (and later rescued) in Chile (2010)
Earthquake in Haiti (2010)
Deep Water Horizon oil Spill (2010)
Shootings in Arizona and Nebraska (2011)
The 9/11 attacks on the WTC and Pentagon (2001)
Space shuttle Columbia breaks up on re-entry (2003)
Tsunami in Indian Ocean (2004)
Virginia Tech Massacre (2007)
U.S. Invades Iraq (2003)



It certainly has been a very eventful beginning to this century.  This is just a very small sampling of events that have affected the lives of many of the nearly seven billion people on this planet.  Many of these events are still impacting the people who were involved or still live in the regions.  With the number of people in the world and the distances involved, it is no wonder that major events, even the catastrophic ones, can only hold the attention of the world for so long.

Today’s media has an incredible array of tools to bring you the news from all over the world.  We find out about events with increasing regularity and speed.  That is a good thing to bring attention to the world about real crisis.  The down side is that each event can only hold the media’s attention for so long before the next “big one” comes along.   This also seems to take our compassion with it to the next event.  All the while, those that are left to deal with the aftermath of this crisis or that crisis often lose resources and a voice to keep momentum going to recovery.

I’m not suggesting for a moment that we should focus on everything and stay there to the end.  What I am encouraging everyone to do today is to go back to an event they may have been passionate about in the last ten years or so.  Use my list above if you can’t think of anything.  Take ten minutes and do some checking around and see how things are going with that event.  You might be surprised at what you find out.




About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

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