Buddha’s Lesson in Empathy {Trifextra}

Forgiveness Quote because really no one is perfect




As you move through this life, inevitability people might hurt, wrong or disappoint you.

Yet you must remember these three simple things:


Forgive yourself in others.


Accept yourself in others.


See yourself in others.



This weekend we are asking you to play around with the following quote:

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. –Henry James

We want you to follow the same general structure of the above quote.  Feel free to change the subject–tell us what’s important about coffee or houseplants or whatever you’d like.  Or else change up the modifier–instead of telling us what’s important, tell us what’s sexy or overrated or pernicious. Your last three lines should closely echo James’s, giving us the same answer three times.

29 thoughts on “Buddha’s Lesson in Empathy {Trifextra}”

  1. lovely & powerful words, Kir – if only we could see, accept & forgive where our greatest problems lie — in ourselves. Peace & grace to you today, dear, sweet, lovely Kir

    1. Jody, your words are so true. I have no problem offering love, forgiveness and acceptance to others but I am much less generous with myself.

      I’m taking one day at a time to get better at it.
      hope you had a good weekend my friend, thinking of you. xo

  2. The more I read about Buddha, the more I like. One other of his quotes I strive to achieve is:

    “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”

    1. yes, I remember you sharing that one with me earlier (and I liked it so much, I printed it and hung it on my bathroom mirror and inside my cubicle)

      I’m not always good at it, I’m much better at forgiving others, accepting others etc, but it’s a journey and I’m getting there.


    1. you’re always welcome in my club. I try very hard to forgive, to live, to learn…
      hoping you had a good weekend, thank for coming over to visit.

    1. HI you.
      yes, it is. So that’s why we TRY (we might always succeed but we try). My biggest problem is that I am so quick to forgive and make room in my heart for others, I’m so terrible at doing it for myself.

      hope you had a good weekend Lumdog! :)

    1. Renada, thank you so much. This comment made my weekend because I went back and forth with posting this, wondering if I wanted to be Deep or silly or just not do it at all…
      you offered me a hand on my shoulder saying “good” and I appreciate that so much.

      THANK YOU, hope you had a great weekend

    1. HI Jo-Anne
      thank you so much for taking the time to come over and for giving me such lovely words.
      I am so glad you enjoyed it.

    1. HI Racheal,
      thank you for coming over…I appreciate your visit.
      And yes, you’re right, especially SELF FORGIVENESS which is the hardest for me. But I’m trying a little more every day

    1. HI Suzanne,
      thank you, I am trying to learn self forgiveness and self acceptance, every day I get a little closer.
      hope you had a good weekend my friend.

    1. HI you…I’ve been missing you.

      Hoping you know how much I enjoy having you visit me here.
      I’m still learning to self forgive and self accept, but everyday I get a little closer. 😉


  3. So true, Kir. I really like the MLK quote at the beginning, too. Nice dose of inspiration this Sunday night!

    1. yes, I thought that the quote hit it home.
      I’m so glad that after a long weekend that I gave you a little smile on a Sunday night.

      I am trying to take my own advice and self forgive, self accept…hoping I get there someday. :)

    1. Do you know I smile whenever you visit me here? Your words are so well written that I consider it an honor to have you here.

      hope you had a great weekend Tom. :)

  4. Such a lovely sentiment. Life is too short to hold onto anger. And everyone can use a little more kindness. xo

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