Alphabet of the Heart, by Dr. James Doty, professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the director of CCARE, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.
C=Compassion. Recognizing the suffering of another with a desire to alleviate that suffering…beginning with ourselves.
D=Dignity. It needs to be acknowledged and recognized in every person.
E=Equanimity. Evenness of temperament even during difficult times.
F=Forgiveness. The greatest gift to give to another and ourselves.
G=Gratitude. The recognition of the b lessing that our life is – – even in pain and suffering.
H=Humility. Only when we look at another as equals can we truly connect.
I=Integrity. Intention. Defining values most important to us.
J=Justice. Recognition that within each of us there lives a desire to see that right be done. Seek justice for the vulnerable, care of the weak, give to the poor.
K=Kindness. A concern for others as an active component of compassion.
L=Love. It is love that contains all virtues. It is love that holds our humanity.