What is a Compassionate Allowance?
Faced with the reality of an unprecedented backlog of 3.3 million claims in 2012, and longer wait times for applicants, the Social Security Administration (SSA) utilizes its Compassionate Allowances program in an effort to provide benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that their conditions obviously meet disability standards.
Through the compassionate allowance initiative the federal government has in a small way institutionalized and legalized compassion. Through the initiative #1000Speaks, the blogosphere has put into action a day of blogging for compassion. This unprecedented global commitment to internet compassion is both needed and epic in this time of turmoil both in the online and global community.
How can we install a compassionate allowance in our lives?
What if we instilled compassion in our daily lives? As the Dalai Lama states, “Compassion is a necessity and not a luxury. Further compassion is an imperative for the survival of humanity.” If government agencies with a backlog of 3.3 million SSA cases put an emphasis on compassion, shouldn’t we?
The answer is, of course, yes. This week we will be looking at compassion in various forms and how we can more profoundly, through the lens of education, integrate compassion into our daily lives. The compassionate mind is kind, generous and global, it thinks for the good of the greater rather than the individual. In turn, compassion creates a social landscape for change and as a side benefit is healthy for the mind and soul. Compassion is looking at all situations with an eye to empathy and a soul of deep resolve and kindness. In fact, compassion is a cure to selfishness and meanness. It is scientifically proven that those who act from compassion are happier. This is especially true for our young children as scientists have found children as young as two who are happier giving treats than receiving.
In my own company, I practice compassion by donating time, money and resources in the direct proportion to what I bill. At the end of the year, this equates to my company donating 1000 hours of community service to underserved students in the Los Angeles community, thousands of dollars and goods donated to youth transitioning through the foster care system and free literacy resources for bilingual parents, to name a few of our company’s initiatives. What is more we create and cultivate a culture of compassion for those who work for us and with us inspiring kinder and more socially aware students, despite their exceptionalities.
Join BeyondTutoring and #1000Speaks to Cultivate Compassion!
In really delving into what compassion means to me during this week, culminating in a post on February 20, 2015 for #1000Speaks, I chose to engage in cultivating a culture of compassion both in my company, my community, the online community committed to kindness and the global citizenry as a whole. I am ecstatic to engage in this journey with bloggers, entrepreneurs and kindness seekers throughout the globe, and I truly hope you will join me. Even if your compassionate allowance is still quite small, perhaps do one act of kindness or keep a day’s worth of empathetic thoughts to be a part of this community. How will you cultivate compassion today?