Compassion & Kindness

Prosperity Candle Compassion Refugees

“Here are the values that I stand for… honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.” – Ellen DeGeneres

Our values, too. Especially compassion.

Compassion is what binds us together, not in pity, but as human beings who have learned how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future. Nelson Mandela said that.

We are a small candle studio in an old mill in a town with empty manufacturing buildings long since closed.

We provide living wage jobs to women refugees who have relocated from places of conflict to the U.S. through federal programs.

We don’t mind where they are from or what religion they practice.

For the past seven years, these new Americans and their families have enriched our lives in countless ways. We are proud and fortunate to work side-by-side with them.

We support Muslim women in Iraq, helping them perfect candle-making skills and earn a livelihood. We’ve shared meals, embraced their husbands and friends, and exchanged photos of our kids. We’ve told stories and laughed at each others’ jokes. We are equally frightened of terror and saddened by violence.

We are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and agnostic.

We all want the same thing… a safe place to live, enough food on the table, healthcare when needed, education for our children. Everyone seeks a brighter future for their loved ones.

As we look around and engage in the world, we feel a lot of things. Sometimes fear, often joy, occasionally sadness. But the strongest emotion is compassion.

Albert Schweitzer said “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”

That includes refugees.

#compassion #kindness #equality

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  1. Sorry, but I’m unsubscribing. Featuring a radical homosexualist is simply too divisive in this context. If you’re promoting the acceptance of homosexuality as normal, then you are NOT fighting for women. Women’s rights are NOT subservient to or a subset of “gay rights,” and women are NOT obligated to agree with the redefinition of marriage or the acceptance of homosexuality as normal behavior.

  2. Since I don’t even understand the above comment and simply understand WE CHOOSE LOVE, I am NOT unsubscribing. Best wishes to all always–

  3. Kelli, in your honor, I am ordering a compassion and a kindness candle, and I will include you in my prayers and meditations!

  4. To Kell: I think they are promoting the acceptance of PEOPLE. Women’s rights include the rights of women who love other women. Human rights include the rights of all humans–even the ones you don’t agree with.

    1. Thank you, Diane. We are standing up for compassion, kindness and equal rights, especially for refugees. What matters is what Ellen said… honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need.

  5. Like love, compassion is not always easy. It FEELS easy to feel compassion to those who are oppressed, but often we slip unconsciously into a non-compassionate antagonism toward the oppressors. If we truly desire a compassionate world, one in which there is reconciliation, we must also be mindful of the suffering and self-destruction of those whose actions lead to the suffering of others. And we must speak to all of ending the suffering.


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