Marie Forleo introduction

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I'm Marie

You have gifts to share with the world and my job is to help you get them out there.

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Nearly every night, Josh and I watch NBC Nightly News. It’s a little ritual we’ve had for well over a decade. And, at least a few times a week, the stories make me cry.

Sometimes, the tears come from bearing witness to a fraction of the pain, suffering and injustice that people are struggling with in every corner of our world. But often, I cry after the Making A Difference segments which highlight ordinary people doing extraordinary, bona fide life-changing things for others.

I think I get so emotional when I watch those stories because, in my heart of hearts, I believe that everyday folks like you and me are so much more powerful than we give ourselves credit for.

And each time I see a story of another quiet, humble angel out there healing humanity, it serves as potent reminder to me that mere awareness of suffering is not enough to change it.

If we’re truly committed to a more loving and just world, we must ACT.

While I do my best to put that philosophy into practice (meaningful contribution is an integral part of our company and my work in this world), there are many times I fall short.

For example, I remember when I first saw the Syrian refugee crisis unfolding across Europe. I was heart sick. As the weeks and months continued on and the situation continued to grow more complex and insufferable, I often found myself yelling at the TV, “What is happening to these people? This is INSANE. Is ANYONE doing anything about this?!”

Thankfully, the ridiculous sound of my voice woke me up from my self-righteous slumber. I realized it was that kind of thinking that made me part of the problem.

I AM the ‘anyone’ I was so upset about it. And in that moment, the answer was plainly, “No. I was not doing anything about it besides yelling at Lester Holt on the screen.”

My next thought, “Hmmm. I’m someone who COULD be doing something about this. And if enough someones like me decided to at least do SOMETHING, together we could undoubtedly make a difference.”

That simple shift in my thinking and a few serendipitous swipes on my iPhone led me heart-first into supporting a brilliant campaign launched by some fiercely creative and loving souls called The Compassion Collective.

The Compassion Collective

The idea behind it was something I believe to my core: that we are stronger when we stand together, and that our compassion for one another must extend outside our front doors, reach beyond our borders and transcend all concepts and realities of race, religion and gender.

I was so deeply moved to learn that within a few days, through only small donations of $5, $10 and no more than $25, everyone who stood up and stood together to support The Compassion Collective raised over 1 million dollars in just 31 hours.

Those funds went directly to support the refugees: our sisters, brothers and countless children who have been forced out of their homes, countries and lives and are facing unthinkable hardships simply to survive.

Here’s Why I’m Telling You This NOW

That campaign stayed in my heart for months.

Last week, I became an official project partner of The Compassion Collective and am proud to join forces with Glennon Doyle Melton, Elizabeth Gilbert, Brené Brown, Cheryl Strayed, Rob Bell, Valarie Kaur and Laverne Cox to expand and build upon this life-changing work.

I’m committed to doing everything I can to extend our reach, which includes humbly inviting YOU to join us for our current initiative.

Starting today, we’re taking back Mother’s Day. We’re returning to the roots of this holiday in the spirit of Julia Ward Howe, the abolitionist and suffragette who wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation” in 1870. It was a call to action asking mothers to unite in promoting world peace.

Here’s the gist, as beautifully shared on The Compassion Collective:

Mother’s Day IS about Love. But it’s not about commercial, comfortable love that snuggles up and stays home—it’s about love that throws open the door and marches out of our homes, beyond our fences and neighborhoods and into the hurting world to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the hurting, mother the motherless. Mother’s Day love is dangerous, revolutionary love that unites our one human family and reminds us that we belong to each other and that there is no such thing as other people’s children.

And for the next few days, we’d love you to stand with us and take a stand for love. 100% of all funds raised will be divided equally between two causes: continuing the work with refugees across Europe and caring for homeless youth here in the United States. Because love is not either/or. Love is and/both.

Photo by Daniel Castro Garcia @ Foreigner Digital

HERE’S WHAT TO DO NOW

If taking a stand for what is loving, compassionate and generous is important to you, please join us by taking these simple steps.

1. GIVE.

Go to The Compassion Collective and contribute — $5, $10, $15 or $25 dollars (which is the max). Give any amount that feels right in your heart.

2. JOIN & SHARE.

You can download an overlay to update your social media profile and tell the world exactly what you stand for. LOVE. Then use your voice to spread the word in whatever way feels best to you. Whether over your kitchen table, a cup of coffee, via text, email or on social media, please invite your friends and family to join in.

Here are a few tweets to get you started. Feel free to use them as is or write your own:

#IStandWithLove http://bit.ly/24us6Ui @Momastery @MarieForleo @GilbertLiz @CherylStrayed @BreneBrown @realrobbell @ValarieKaur @Lavernecox

The healing of the world is in our hands. #MothersDay #IStandWithLove http://bit.ly/24us6Ui @Momastery @MarieForleo @GilbertLiz

Love is not Either/Or. Love is And/Both. http://bit.ly/24us6Ui @Momastery @ValarieKaur @Lavernecox @MarieForleo #IStandWithLove

The healing of the world is in our hands. #IStandWithLove http://bit.ly/24us6Ui @MarieForleo @CherylStrayed @BreneBrown @realrobbell

3. COMMENT.

Leave a comment below and let us know that YES, you’re standing with us for a more compassionate, just world.

And just a few more important notes…

If we’re truly committed to a more loving and just world, we must ACT. #TheCompassionCollective Click To Tweet

Homeless youth in the US and the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe are not the only humanitarian problems to solve. We could easily tick off at least 50+ equally heart-breaking areas of injustice, inhumanity and inequality that deserve attention, resources and focus.

In fact, the latest research indicates that more than 60 million people around the world are now refugees, having been displaced by civil war, terrorism and natural disasters.

But we cannot let the reality that our problems are so vast and complex blind us to the fact that something can and must be done. While we might not be able to do everything — we can, without a doubt, do something.

This is one of my somethings. This is also an open-hearted invitation for it to be one of your ‘somethings’ too.

And as I learned so wisely from my friends Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, “Just because we can’t help everyone doesn’t mean we shouldn’t help someone.”

You do not have to give money to proudly say #IStandWithLove.  

Donating $5 might not be a reality for you at this moment. That’s one-hundred percent OK, because your power extends way beyond your purse strings.

Share this campaign by picking up the phone and having a conversation, send an email to your friends and family and post links to this campaign on social media. Use your voice and your power. We’ve included a few sample tweets above to get you started and encourage you to use the hashtags #IStandWithLove #CompassionCollective and direct people to The Compassion Collective.

The Compassion Collective has zero overhead and every penny received goes directly to help people in need.

You can learn all about the life-saving work being done here. And we’ll be sharing updates after the campaign, too. We’ll keep you posted every step of the way on this campaign and future initiatives as well.

The healing of the world is in our collective hands.

Never forget, we have more power than we realize. We have the power to direct our resources and our voices to things that truly express and support what we believe in. With every action we take, we’re one step closer to creating the world we envision.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your world, and for reading all the way till the end.

Even if this project doesn’t make your heart sing as it does mine, I hope this inspires you to find something that does.

With all my love and appreciation,

XO

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472 comments

  1. My son was homeless for a time – his choice – and it deeply saddened me to see him without roots. Eventually, he made new, more empowering choices, and I’m glad to have a restored relationship with him… but there are effects that still linger from those days on the streets. Anything we can do to help the kids that want our help is a must-do in my book.

    • Thank you Lisa! I agree, a MUST-DO

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Lisa, it sounds like this is a mission tremendously close to your heart. I’m so glad to hear your son is well and your relationship with him was restored!

      • Thank you. Yes. It’s been a journey, to be sure, and we both had to learn to set and honor boundaries with one another, but it’s been worth all the effort to see the strong young man he’s becoming.

        • Glad to hear you and your son are doing better.. it saddens me to see so many youngsters err on the streets, particularly at the weekend. Drinking, smoking, God knows what else.. where are the families? Marie, this is a great initiative, will definitely share. Best to all x

    • Tracey Lockhart

      If someone has a heart’s desire to “help millions of people” in their life time. How can you make this more than a wish/dream? How can you make this real?

      • Diane

        Hi Tracey, your question reminded me of Peter Singer’s TedTalk “The Why And How Of Effective Altruism” (don’t think I can share an url here?) where he gives an interesting insight in relation to maximizing the effect of your ‘help’…

  2. I’ll happily support this mission! Strength is found in numbers. #IStandWithLove

  3. This is incredibly beautiful and touching Marie. As always, I am inspired by your heart and commitment to the people of this planet. I deeply appreciate your courage to utilize your resources, strengths and talents to serve to many in such a wide variety of ways. Thank you, as always, for taking a stand for love, justice and contribution <3

  4. Hillary Drinkell

    Thank you Marie for yet again working towards what is morally and ethically right – I appreciate that I can be more informed and given an opportunity to help with something that is about basic human rights.

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      It’s our honor to share this with you, Hillary!

  5. This is beautiful. The refugee crisis has been a huge topic in our church lately and this is truly one of those eras in the history humanity that we must all step up and step out to assist our brothers and sisters, near and far, who are in need. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  6. As I continue to navigate in this entrepreneurial life, I wonder – when will I get to be in a position of giving. Then, that wakes ME up out of my ego-slumber and realize that it’s always. Always, always, always – no matter how successful or not successful a time is in business, in life, in love – there’s always room and space for giving.

    I think we get so caught up with giving meaning money – but it is love, it is heart.

    Thanks for the post and I hope it inspires everyone xoxo

    • Iris Jewels

      Beautifully put.

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      That is so beautiful and true, Emilia! It really is love and heart. xo

    • I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for the reminder!

    • Holly

      Perfectly said Emilia. I agree whole-heartedly

  7. Marie. Thank you. I am taking back Mother’s Day. What better way to show my children that love is ACTIVE and boundless when given without condition?

  8. YES! I’m standing with tears for a more compassionate and just world.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, Bruna.

  9. Hello Marie,

    thank you for the wake-up call and for finding a trusty organization were we can help and make a difference! I’m from Europe and I’m not happy with the situation. Being a proud father of a two year old I was always emotional every time I would see the images of little children suffering; to the point of deciding not to view news anymore because they were all heart-breaking and I felt powerless…

    That sentence “Just because we can’t help everyone doesn’t mean we shouldn’t help someone.” really touched my heart and I already joined “The Compassion Collective”.

    All the best to you!! #IStandWithLove

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      You’re not alone in feeling powerless, Luis. We’re so honored you’re a part of the Compassion Collective – I cannot wait to see the impact this initiative will have on the world!

  10. Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue

    Love this Marie! Will Tweet and Facebook and do whatever else I can! xo

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Jennifer.

  11. Marie…I too will happily support this mission and activate others to do so too! #IStandWithLove

  12. Yes!

  13. Linda

    Marie – you continue to be an inspiration to us all. Thank you for all you do and for shining a light in the darkness of inaction and apathy.

  14. Thank you, for doing this. ??? #IStandWithLove #Too

  15. Jan Johnson

    ‘There’s no such thing as other people’s children.’ I could not have said that better!
    Posting / donating now.

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Jan!

  16. Marie, so happy to see you doing this. The world needs a big dose of continued, committed, compassion and hopefully the ripple effects of your making a stand about this, and highlighting this to your readers, will extend far out in to the world. Thank you. You’re a shining light and – paraphrasing you – the world needs more people like you to make/take/commit to this type of stance.

    • Thank you for your kind words Helen, and for your support on this!

  17. Thank you Marie … Use your voice and your power … #IStandWithLove xxxx

  18. Thank you Marie. I am currently pondering on how to create change… donating money sounds good. Would you state out what is done with the money?

    Marlen from Austria

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Marlen, 100% of the donations will be split equally among the two causes (to aid to refugees abroad and homeless youth in the United States). More specifically, it’ll be used to feed, clothe, shelter, and save our refugee and homeless sisters, brothers, and children. Every penny will go towards these causes. I hope this helps!

      • Thank you Kristin, I am sure it will.

        As I am in europe an can give directly I just wanted to know how the organization works and if it might have a greater effect than others. I don’t want to bother. I am just trying to look a bit closer… Ill see what I find on the website 😉

    • Marlen, if you click through to the site to donate, there is a PLETHORA of information there as well as reports from the last campaign on exactly how the funds are used. I think it will really move you to review it. Thank you again for your support!

  19. Gabriela

    Yes! #IStandWithLove

  20. I am incredibly glad to see this Marie! #IStandWithLove and hope to join forces with you in a bigger way for this mission when the time is right. So much love to you for your compassionate heart. xoxox, Ali

  21. Shanna

    Oh Marie. Wow. This message made me cry.

    I would support you and these amazing causes (I already do) to the ends of the Earth. I already work my buns off for these causes in my volunteer time and it feels so good to see others joining in love to help heal and inspire.

    Thank you for elevating yourself and your brand to a space where few others dare to go. And thank you for being my new hero…

    Let’s do this everyone!

    Even prouder B-Schooler…

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Shanna, thank you for your beautiful message and committed support. XOXO

  22. Living in Hamburg, Germany, I see lots of refugees around here. And I see the reactions of my fellows. Some great with love and welcome. Others with fear and hate – not understanding.
    I totally agree to Marie. No one single person can help all. But we all can help one person and then the next one and so on.
    I stand for sharing my love, my possibilities and at least I will not look away. #IStandWithLove

    Thanks Marie and anyone who joins. Sunny greetings -Astrid

  23. Sonja

    Sorry – is there a way I can donate via bank transfer, paypal or anyting rather than credit card?

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Sonja, I believe credit card is the only way to donate at this time!

  24. Dina

    Love what u do Marie. I’m definitely going to be contributing to this awesome fund.
    I did B-school about 2 years ago for the first time and your emails are the only ones in my inbox that I NEVER miss. They are loving, honest, passionate, authentic, thought-provoking and inspirational.
    I am a singer/songwriter and am working on shedding light on a cause that has been buried in societies not only in North America but all over the world. It’s a process but boy is it ever exciting to be doing meaningful work.
    Thank you for being you. Much respect.
    One love

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for your kind words and support, Dina. It means the world! xo

  25. Phoebe

    #IStandWithLove

  26. Elena

    I love this Marie and Marie Team, thank you for bringing awareness! This is very needed.

  27. Fiona Grant Leydier

    Thanks Marie. I’ve been feeling helpless today, and as Gabby B says, when you’re feeling helpless help someone. We can all make a difference through small actions.

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Absolutely, Fiona. xo

  28. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to help. Together we can make a difference. With love,

  29. At this moment, I am reading _A long way gone: Memoirs of a boy soldier_ by Ishmael Beah. It is a heartbreaking story of not only how his family was killed and his life as he knew it destroyed, but that of so very many in Sierra Leone during the 1990’s when rebels swept through villages and killed everyone, or captured boys and made them join the rebels. And the same thing has happened over and over in many countries across Africa to this day. I just keep thinking about what is currently happening in the world and wondering what I can do to help? How does an individual make a difference, and like you, Marie, I find myself yelling at my computer (I don’t have television) when I read stories like you mention. So your message could not have come at a better time. Thank you!! This at least makes me feel like I am contributing in some way to a solution. I am definitely going to donate and ask my friends to join us! Hugs to you and all involved!!

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      You are absolutely contributing to the solution, Jane! Thank you for taking part with us – I have no doubt that small actions from so many people will make an enormous impact.

  30. Alisanne Frew

    Hello Marie,
    I have watched you for years – I just read your plea for coming together and being real.
    All for Love.

    With love I send you this message from your pretty sophisticated and willing to participate in incredible ways….audience. Please stop using NLP to speak with us. It is insulting. You are so real already you do not have to “encourage” us to love you. We already do.

    • Hi there Alisanne! You’ll be happy to know that I’ve never studied NLP. I honestly have no idea what you’re referring to. I share what’s in my heart and do my best to edit for spelling and grammar. That’s it!

  31. Alison Judge

    Thank you, THANK YOU so much for doing this.

    For the longest time here in the UK, where I am based, and across Europe, refugee children, often unaccompanied, have been treated shamefully by governments and individuals who believed that such maltreatment would never come to light. 14 years ago, I got involved in the case of one of my 15 year old students, a boy from Afghanistan, and discovered at first hand how the trauma that pushes children to flee doesn’t end with their escape from the zone of conflict. Although I am very proud of so many things about my country, the experience of accompanying this boy through his asylum application, and his dealings with various government agencies made me profoundly ashamed to be British. And almost a decade and a half later, at a governmental level little seems to have been learned from experiences such as his.

    In a world that is interconnected to the extent that it’s now called a global village, how indeed can we just let this happen? It is truly time to act. I will gladly support your initiative to Stand With Love, for refugee children and for homeless youth, and wish you greater and greater success.

  32. Two quotes that have motivated the work that I do are very similar to yours. Mother Theresa said “We can do no great things, only small things with great love”, and Bob Pierce founder of World Vision said “Don’t fail to do something because you can’t do everything”! I love what you’re doing! Together we can make a difference one life at a time! #IStandWithLove #OnePurse #PowerofLove

  33. I would love to support the cause Marie! You give so much – I trust to give back to you because I know it will be going to do the most good. Thanks for everything you share with us, your loyal fans! 🙂

  34. I am really moved by this campaign. I too have been watching the refugee crises unfolding abroad with horror, while epidemics of homelessness and poverty continue to grow here in the United States. Here is something I (or we) can do right now – share this campaign that I believe could make a difference, and RECLAIM MOTHERS DAY – away from chocolates and brunches – towards using that maternal ferocity for people who are suffering… Thank you Marie!

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Yes, Helene!

  35. Marie – thank you so much for everything that you do. I was also experiencing the pangs of sadness as I read and reflected on the news of the refugee crisis. I didn’t know how I could help being thousands of miles away aside from signing petitions and having conversations with my friends and family. Thank you for providing this outlet of contribution, compassion, and change. I truly appreciate it and I hope that our united efforts will make all the difference.
    With love and gratitude, Kelly #IStandWithLove

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      You’re so welcome, Kelly. And thank YOU for standing with us.

  36. This is wonderful and one of the many reasons why I admire and subscribe to your show, Marie. Our company watches each of your episodes because quite frankly, you just get it. All of it. At the end of the day, love and compassion are all that matter. They are the foundation of our humanity.

  37. Wendy meyer

    Yes, yes, yes!!!

  38. Anita wilson

    Within our hands we hold the power to form the symbol of a Dove. To bring peace into our world, we need to use our wings to rise & fly above.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Lovely!

  39. oh Marie!
    you are such an inspiration. I too cry at the tv and have often wondered… what about the kids right here in US? hard to choose who to help, what to “officially” stand by as a cause connected to your business. questions such as “can I trust this organization?” and “is the $ really going to who needs it?” always run through my head. I can trust you. xo. thank you for all you do – #Istandwithlove
    your devoted bschooler,
    stephanie

  40. Divine timing, Marie, thank you.
    Just an hour ago I sent an email home to Germany from my current home India to offer yoga classes for refugees and the many volunteer helpers when I am back home for the summer. Yes, awareness is not enough, it is time to ACT.

    Thank you for the needed last bit of inspiration to really put all my energy into this.

    With much love,
    Kerstin

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      What a beautiful idea, Kerstin!

  41. Viola

    I live in Europe and put two times my car full of stuff like clothes, bedsheets, household stuff whatever I found and not really needed and later was missing and must buy again.. Hahahaha now and?? The children are here with nothing just what they have on their body’s… – one woman’s tolds me some children are here without parents – can you imagine you must send your child somewhere so it can stay alive… this touched my heart so deeply… Wonderful idea to do what you do Marie, greetings from Germany!

  42. I do love everything about this! I have been following Glennon Doyle Melton for a long time as her heart is so huge and unconditional. I am so grateful that you, Marie, another person I so admirable is also getting involved in this Love Collective. My business Personal Hero was started to share the stories of everyday people making a difference. Thank you so much Marie and the rest of you that are making a huge difference in our world, and to all the other everyday people that are joining hands to do their part by making a small donation. So much love, so many Personal Heroes. My heart is full!

  43. I am also touched and inspired by reading, “Just because we can’t help everyone doesn’t mean we shouldn’t help someone.” We all CAN do something, and those somethings ARE important! Thank you for sharing this, and leading the way so others can shine their lights, as well. I’m joining, sharing, and acting. Thank you!!!

  44. Silvia

    I LOVE THIS. Thanks for sharing and letting us participate. I also LOVE that there is a “local” component to solving a USA issue that is hard to fathom in addition to an international one.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Thank you — us too, Silvia.

  45. Rachel

    I’ve honestly been fed up with Mother’s Day this year because of family drama. As a mother I wanted a way to get away from the typical mother’s day and do something for myself but that felt selfish. I’ve been Googling for a way to volunteer or give back and then this came to my inbox. Thank you so much!

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Love the synchronicity of thought, Rachel. Thank you for opening your heart to this.

  46. After decades of living abroad, I am both terribly dismayed at the conditions this world leading country is in as well as gratefully and deeply inspired by the initiatives, ‘awakeness’ and spirit of many Americans that are driving massive global change for the good of all … the Compassion Collective is a stunning forerunner.
    Living TV free, I stumbled upon your work and thank you for this opportunity to stand with love and act. Especially, the focus on our youth sings to my heart that advocates the mission of Clarity, Ownership, Resolution and Excellence for youth and family. Call on me, on each of us, to be in and move from the space of our individual essence of the goodness that pulses in, through and as each one of us.
    You rock, Marie. Thank you for shining your light so very clearly brightly that others can begin to shine theirs as well.
    peace and joy
    Leeza

  47. Sally Steele

    Thank you for sharing this empowering opportunity with us, Marie! I’m so grateful for this focused way to help serve those in need, both at home and abroad. #IStandWithLove

  48. Marie – you just put into words how I’ve been feeling about this crisis. I do not have children of my own but my goodness I must be responsible for children. Thank you for sharing this.
    Warmest
    Geraldine

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      XOXO

  49. I will definitely be making at least one and probably several donations. Thank you for inspiring me.

  50. Thank you, Marie. #IStandWithLove

  51. Marie – I f’ing love you. With all of my heart I THANK YOU for doing this.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Heather, we LOVE you back!!

  52. Jerry

    Thank you Marie I donated to the collective have been homeless myself but do have the ability to help others and Kari is incredible am gonna get out there yes we can love you

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Jerry.

  53. Marie, I have always felt that it was my duty and responsibility to help those in need having come of age during the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s. Thank you for being such a big-hearted individual who demonstrates your values by taking action. When I do have the opportunity to watch these episodes of Making a Difference, I’m inspired by the bravery of everyday folks owning their power to make a positive difference in our world. I will gladly contribute to this campaign and share it with my online communities. Full of gratitude in my heart for being connected to people like you.
    XO Jackie

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      We’re so grateful to be connected too, Jackie.

  54. Indie Wolf

    Oh Marie, I am so IN! I also find myself in tears of both grief and outrage when I see these stories, and often feel so helpless to create any real change. Your message and mission are powerful reminders of just how much we can do…together.

    Bless you and your partners in taking back Mother’s Day, bless all who are contributing in whatever way we can, and bless those who will deeply benefit from this beautiful extension of our LOVE!

    With you, #IStandWithLove
    Indie

  55. Thank you Marie did donate boy lady this mercury retrograde is killing me bot yes we can will get out there soon the chicken needs to roost

  56. Hector Nanez

    Thank you very much for this. I shared it with my facebook friends and family. I think we know this, most of us do… certainly Michael Jackson did… We just need to remind ourselves every now and then. Thank you for doing so.

    With much love,
    Hector Nanez

    “I’m starting with the man in the mirror
    I’m asking him to change his ways
    And no message could have been any clearer
    If you wanna make the world a better place
    (If you wanna make the world a better place)
    Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
    (Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)
    (Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah)”

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Yes, SUCH a great song Hector. It goes perfectly with this message.

  57. I, too am heartsick over the refugee children. I like the way you structured the Compassion Collective. Thank you for your vision, it is so so important to us. I want to stand for love with you.

    • Hi Jennifer! Thank you for supporting us. To be clear Glennon and her team launched this late last year, alongside Liz, Brené, Cheryl, and Rob and I’m now honored to join them as a partner. But I will indeed pass along those comments to team, they will appreciate it! 🙂

  58. YES. I stand with love. I stand with grace. I stand with compassion. I stand with humility with the rest of you ladies. This is everything. Thank you for bringing it to all of our homes.

    LOVE,
    Sally

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Yes, love you Sally! XOXO

  59. Marie – this is great! It is amazing to watch you team up with other inspirational difference makers and provide a platform for Action. I am excited to be a part of it all. Please let me/us know if there is anymore we can do to help. #Istandwithlove

  60. Kristina Buck

    I am standing with you, and everyone, in this great call to Love. ❤️

  61. Victoria

    Just did it! Thank you, Marie, for doing all these great things!
    With love from Switzerland, Victoria

  62. This is the first comment I’ve ever made. I’ve done B School and LOVE you Marie! You’ve touched my heart many times, yet today you made ME cry (hear that Lester?). Sign me up!!

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Adele! We love that this is the first post you’re leaving a comment on, and are so grateful you added your voice to the conversation. Thank you for standing with us and being in our B-School & MarieTV family.

  63. This is a beautiful mission, indeed! I think the world has gotten lost a little in how we perceive self vs. others…and quite possibly the most powerful realization in my life to date has been how we are all interconnected by the same life force. I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to contribute! Thank you.

  64. Leah

    What a beautiful initiative! I am not a mother myself but I love the sentiment of the world’s children being our children…I am a teacher, though and have also been heart-broken about much of the news in the world as of late. Love the concept of ‘micro-giving’ as well! Thank you, Marie and others.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      And thank you, Leah, for teaching and guiding. That’s no small feat.

  65. Marie…I just read your update…and I have hoped one day you would get what you shared…every word…

    here is a historic moment that I never would have shared had you Not written such a sincere update …
    my film will be released in a few weeks… so here is a response to your reality of the INSANITY OF WHAT happened in SYRIA… Our Nation and all NATIONS should have STOPPED the FEW INSANE souls that EVICTED 9 Million people from their Homeland… OBAMA and all the leaders committed TREASON …the CHAOS and INSANITY created by the MERCHANTS OF WAR$… was not STOPPED… 9 Million Souls EVICTED…That is when All leaders need to STOP what they are doing and get those people HOME. not let them be EVICTED and sent all over the WORLD… EVICT the Few INSANE leaders that EVICTED THEM… this was not about 10 people…or 50 …or 100 …it’s about 9 million…that defines it should have NEVER happened…so when it DOES…then the WORLD needs to WAKE UP… the reality is De-Population is serious…and very Complex… I spoke with a BANKER yesterday and woke him up to what is needed to do…and he was stunned… and asked me would I please run for President after he I told him how I could save this world in 24 hours…with just one new LAW…that I have written about in my new book…MONEY WAR$ …called …
    THE COST OF LIVING… and so the Key to this Law is when the word MONTH is no longer 30 days…but 90 days…for all your bills…then you will all have 2/3rds of your Income …back in your pockets tomorrow…I would not have to borrow another PENNY for our NATION…and all of you would have a Place to live..and food on the table…and peace of mind…that you will not be evicted or Foreclosed…and he said…that would save Billions of souls lives…over night…and he begged me to help this world…and I told him I would …but they would Kill me…and he said they will kill you anyway…so why not be killed while doing something historic…and I agree… LINCOLN…KENNEDY…MARTIN and Bobby are all crying out …they all died to help us…and then JOHN LENNON…I wrote and created Children Of The World my song as a gift to all of these Heroic souls… So will you have the courage to yes…watch …CHILDREN OF THE WORLD…and know …I am not sitting around complaining…I am doing everything I can to help…to give back…and to educate and inspire…always have…since I was a boy…and so …when I read your Heartfelt passionate email…I said…I will give you this moment…and honor your request…the reality is…will you honor my response…or will this be just another PS ploy to make MONEY…and use the INSANITY for greed…and not sincere RESPECT for those of us who YES…are in the Trenches… So…my wife and I look forward to meeting you…and yes…it’s time OPRAH shares my song …CHILDREN OF THE WORLD…so go ahead…be the Hero talk to her …after you hear my song…for the CHILDREN OF THE WORLD …that have no voice…. and you get us yes US on her show and I will share it with the World…and so …Blessings Marie… Loved your email…or I would NEVER have shared my soul…blessings to everyone…here …I hope everyone here also views my song…and encourages you to yes…make it happen…AMEN

    Sincerely,
    Award Winning Filmmaker
    Michael Savage ~ Aka ~ Sirtony ~

    • I too have been crying as there were thousands refugees crossing my country. Not only was I powerless as an individual but also had to fight my nation’s fears and racism on daily basis. As I was actively thinking of the ways to help, Universe gave me an opportunity to prove my intentions.

      There was a Somalian refugee mom with eight kids settled in my village and my intuition told me that my mission was much bigger than giving donations. What those kid needed was to be accept and what their mom needed was a friend or two and a humble job to be able to feed her kids by herself. I was fortunate enough that one of Somalian girls became classmate with my kid and in these way I got an instant access to the whole family. I had some of the kids to come over and play with my kids, my daughter invited them to her birthday party, I showed them how to ride a bike, I thought them our language and I cheered them to be proud of their potentials … I also interviewed the mom and published an article about her story in our local magazine and at some of the largest Facebook groups. My words and my example helped people to raise their compassion and step over prejudices. I am now happy and truly grateful as most villagers are addressing the refugee family as OURS and they are all by themselves asking how they can contribute and help.

      I love your intuition Marie and will for sure donate, but I would also like to remind everyone that we should all do more than just raise money to help. What we need to do is to accept, respect and contribute our KNOWLEDGE so that unfortunate kids and families will get opportunity to implement their potentials and step back on their own feet. Self-sufficiency is the only thing that will give them back their dignity and their lives a true meaning. Stand with love!

    • Max

      Yes…Marie all so true….just Google ….. Children of the World by Sirtony

      blessings
      Max

  66. Count me in Marie! I 100% agree that there is NO SUCH THING as someone else’s children. We have to stand together to love and support all of humanity! We have only one life and we need to LOVE each other through it. It’s true that you never really know how your kindness, no matter how little, can effect someone else. Thank you so much for doing this!

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Amen Lisa!!

  67. Beginning to awaken from our slumber …

    However, where exactly is that $$$ going and, how to verify where and amounts collected and given?

    That would give you spiritual substance and provide accountability as well.

    As you know, trust has gone out the window in our modern global village … for good reason.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Hi there! 100% of the donations will be split equally among the two causes mentioned (to aid to refugees abroad and homeless youth in the United States).

      More specifically, the funds are used to feed, clothe, shelter, and save our refugee and homeless sisters, brothers, and children. Every penny will go towards these causes.

      You can click through the link to the site, and there’s tons of information on where the money goes and how it was used from the last campaign. It’s very moving stuff. Thank you for your support!

  68. Teach empathy.

  69. I stand with love— and I stand with you for giving us a way to make a positive difference— like the saying goes, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem!”
    I’ve been following a group of people in Dumfries who decided they had to do something to help and it’s transformed their community above and beyond anything they could have imagined — you can find out about them on Facebook here: Massive Outpouring Of Love – D&G Refugee Action. In giving of their time, their resources, their compassion and their love, they’ve been given purpose and connection and so much more. If a tiny, rural community can make a massive difference, what can’t we do within our communities — both digital and real life?!
    I love that Mother’s Day will have a meaning that matters to my family — and we will be giving and doing.
    Thank you!

  70. Love that you’re doing this Marie! I stand with love, compassion and faith.

    With love from Honduras,

    Julissa

  71. Stewart

    Thanks for sharing this worthy cause Marie. It is heartbreaking to see children suffering so much; especially when it is from political decisions they had nothing to do with. How America, one of the richest nations in the world, can tolerate homelessness is a shameful indictment our society’s priorities are messed up.

  72. Erin Maguire

    Incredible movement Marie. I live in Scotland in the UK and so many of us here are horrified and wish our government would do more. For instance they turned 3000 lone refugee children away from the UK this past week saying we couldn’t take them in. How in humanity can we not take in 3000 children? Thank you for the campaign, it is even more impactful for me to see it through someone else’s eyes who is outside of Europe. I already support an incredible boat called the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, it saves hundreds of peoples lives at sea every night in the Aegean Sea (between Greece and Turkey) and has been in operation now for 1 year. Thanks for drawing attention to this plight and to your home plight for young people in the US.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Amazing, Erin. Thank you for sharing this.

  73. Thanks for the opportunity to contribute to a need that has been on my mind and heart for months! And for building relationships with your tribe that engender trust, compassionate and love because that is what you embody yourself!

  74. Susi Modisher

    Thank you for doing this! Such a great Mother’s Day message. I donated as a gift to my late mother who was my first activist mentor.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Susi! What a gorgeous gift to your mother and to these two causes.

  75. Jaclyn

    YES. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m so excited to be an on-going part of this initiative and look forward to updates and information on other ways to help. God bless The Compassion Collective.

  76. Done! And honored to be a part of this movement. Thank you, Marie, for having the courage to invite our participation and the committment to making a difference in the world. It is my #1 thing about B-School (and your leadership), which is showing a path of power, influence, and success that is full of love and generosity.

    And, I needed this email today, selfishly. I needed out of my head and back into my heart. It always, always, always feels better to be of service than to be over-thinking and over-strategizing.

    much love and gratitude,
    Sage

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Sage, so happy to have helped your day get on track and we’re deeply honored to have you standing with us, with love. Thank you for your kind words, and we’re sending tons of love and gratitude back your way! What you shared really means a lot to us.

  77. Holly George

    Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you and so many others. I love that if we all just do a little it makes such a big impact. But we MUST DO SOMETHING!! I love everything this stands for and so excited to partner with you. Praying for big blessings and a love movement like we’ve never seen before!

  78. I always stand with love. Thank you for another opportunity. Xo?

  79. Wow Marie! This is deeply meaningful and powerful. Thank you for taking part in this project and sharing it with us, your community. In my life and my work I practice and strongly believer in giving back in any way, shape and form that I can, because I know first hand how incredibly important it is to do and how much it’s needed.

    I come from a terribly harsh and difficult childhood filled with mental, physical and emotional abuse and if I had proper support from an organization like this, I’m sure some of what I went through could have been avoided in some way… or maybe not, maybe it was my path and lesson, but none-the-less, I believe that if as adults we know better, then we MUST do better. Simply! And LOVE is the only answer to the harshness so many of us experience on a day-to-day base in our world.

    So again, thank you! Thank you for being the change that you want to see in the world and in so doing, you’re inspiring us to do the same.

    Blessings,

    Kerry

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Kerry-Ann, you’re such a blessing and thank you for sharing this here. My heart aches that you had such a terrible childhood. We’re honored to have your voice contributing to this conversation and bringing help to those children that are mired in really tough things right now.

      • Thank you so much Chelsea! Your empathy means a lot. I’ll be donating to this is amazing cause. Have a great evening!

  80. I worked with LGBTQ homeless youth in Phoenix. You got me there. Have been wanting to do more with refugees. I made a donation for myself and donated on behalf of my mom for her Mother’s day gift. I stand with love daily.

    • Wendy, thank you so much for the work you do everyday and for being kind enough to extend yourself here, too. All my love XO M.

  81. Haley

    Simply, YES! #IStandWithLove

  82. Sorry Marie – there are many of us who are already doing things to make a difference without attaching our names to it in a public way. Feels a little self aggrandizing when your name is attached to all the tweets, posts etc. Encourage people all you want – just don’t add your name to the encouragement. That’s a self promotion ploy and it feels cheesy.

    • I personally LOVE the hell out of Marie, Brene, and Liz, and tagging them makes it feel like I am part of their Love community! They are such wonderful women and I think tagging them spreads the message further and draws more people’s attention. Just my point of view though! 🙂

    • Hi Rhonda. Did you know that you can easily edit any tweetable to only share the message and no handles? Or that you could simply go to TheCompassionCollective.org and donate?

      One of the things we’ve discovered from doing the work that we do is that in the age of social media, folks often search by name and handle. We’ve included a lot of different handles (yes, including our own) in an effort to help our overlapping communities connect, gain power and momentum to spread the message even more.

      The goal here is saved lives. My body of work over 17 years speaks for itself. If tagging myself and the other partners enables us to reach more people, I’m proud to do it. And I will not be shamed for doing so.

  83. YES!! LOVE and compassion is what I stand for…it is so needed in this world that we live in! Marie-Thank you allowing me to participate and share in this Compassion Mission. This is why I have enrolled in your B-School, to spread LOVE, Encouragement, and Support to empower women–95% who are Moms. As a Mom, on Mother’s Day weekend, WE understand about LOVE because we LOVE… hard in so many different ways to so many people. You are the BEST! Thank you for all that YOU DO! Love and Blessings to YOU!
    XOXO!
    Wendy Roberts 🙂

  84. I feel like it’s so overwhelming to figure out how to help the world. Even small decisions like buying organic tea in a plastic bottle vs. non organic tea in a glass bottle! Oi.

    I am often skeptical of non-profits and am so happy for your endorcement here. I trust you, Marie, and Brene and Liz, so this is really cool! I appreciate all the little bits of info you shared about the org too. I will def be donating and sharing. Thank you!!

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      So happy to hear that, Darcy — thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

  85. Love! We are one! <3

  86. Well that was easy. I know where my “give back” money is going this month. Done. Thank you Marie for expressing yourself and making your voice heard. The love shine through your post.

  87. I am so stoked that you are part of this Compassion Collective! I’ll be participating, because it aligns with what I believe we were ALL created to do…care for those in need. Love you, Marie! xo

  88. Rachel

    Marie,
    Thank you for being in my inbox today. The refugee crisis cracked open my heart months ago, and through #CompassionCollective I feel like I can help make a difference. I love that every penny goes to helping those in need.
    Today, I’ve updated my FB profile pic, told my sisters and mom that I’m going to make a donation in their names instead of buying flowers, and posted updates on my social channels.
    Again, thank you,
    Rachel

  89. I joined, I gave, I overlayed, I shared and I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for making this happen!

  90. Thanks for partnering and sharing this wonderful cause Marie! YES! #IStandWithLove

  91. Sara Shahd Asaly

    Dear Marie, I want to first and foremost thank you for spreading awareness about a situation that the world has grown numb to. I am an American, originally Syrian by dissent, and the atrocities that the world has truly lent a deaf ear to have been heart wrenching. I am also a mother of two and seeing an entire generation of children growing up as orphans, without proper education, without even a home makes me feel so helpless in a world where I truly feel like anything I do is so small. I often feel so guilty when I see how much of a wonderful, and safe life we live here. How can this be the same planet? It feels like a sci-fi apocalypse movie going on on the other side. I will be sending you an email with some information about a company that I have founded to also help refugees, I would love to get your thoughts on it. Nothing speaks louder than action. Again thank you from the bottom of my heart, and so many other hearts out there.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Sara, we’re thrilled to hear about the work you’re doing and so grateful to have you in our world.

      • sara asaly

        Thanks Chelsea. Email sent =) Can’t wait to hear back!

  92. This is one of the most powerful and beautiful lines I have read..”Mother’s Day love is dangerous, revolutionary love that unites our one human family and reminds us that we belong to each other and that there is no such thing as other people’s children.” No such thing indeed. Glad to be part of such a loving movement, of sharing a mother’s fierce love with all our children, even if it feels like a small way.

    • Thank you so much Deborah, and I agree — I love that line too.

  93. Paula M Armstead

    Done and done. I feel honored to be a part of something with so much heart, that is 100% there. Tons of love to Marie for sharing this opportunity.

  94. SERIOUSLY MIND BLOWN!!! Of course I am joining and of course I am sharing and giving and thank you for being part of such a project and for allowing us, who are the ones in front of our televisions too but with a little less means, to get a chance to powerfully act too!

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Thank you so very much, Estelle.

  95. I love that you are getting involved in this project! I also love that you had the feeling you could “do more.” I had that same inner battle after losing my son and then finding out his surviving twin had a rare medical condition. After watching parents in a children’s hospital or families staying at a Ronald McDonald House for months at a time, I knew I had to do more. That led me to start The Do More Foundation. Don’t ever stop listening to that voice that tells you, “do more.” Good luck on this partnership! May many be reached because of your efforts!!!

  96. Alicia Saint

    This is powerful, I love the words you’ve chosen to inspire us. I read a story this weekend of a Syrian mother who was kidnapped by ISIS and kept as a slave, she escaped to a refugee camp with her sons but had several daughters who had also been kidnapped and were left behind, can you imagine the heartbreak and agony, saving some but not all of her children and knowing what they are going through? We can’t, our world is so far from removed from these atrocities, it is unimaginable. I live in Canada and I want to donate but is there any way we can direct the portion of the donation to help the Canadian kids on the streets? Thanks for your inspiration and action❤️

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Oh that is the most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever heard, Alicia. I can’t begin to imagine what that must be like. While this particular fund will go towards refugees and US homeless children, I’d definitely encourage you to also check around for a Canadian organization that resonates with you! xo

  97. Everything else on my “to do” list can wait. What is more important than THIS?!?
    THANK YOU Marie, for helping refocus what matters and how EACH of us CAN HELP.

    As a Mom, celebrating Mother’s Day isn’t my thing… Your voice combined with The Compassion Collective gives that day meaning that extends well beyond ourselves and our own children.

    Besos to you for sharing this!

  98. Priscilla

    Thanks for give the opportunity to help in a way. I like the fact was very easy to do it. #IStandWithLove

  99. Marie – I loved you and your work before. I love you even more now. I’ve followed Glennon and Momastery for several years and love her and her work. To see this in my in-box this morning somehow blew me away. I stand with love, have happily donated, and am going to share the pants off this. Thank you!!

  100. Cub

    Yes I am standing up for love and compassion all over the world!

  101. Dear Marie, you have been able to articulate very beautifully and soulfully everything I thought when I saw the Compassionate Collective for the first time, but couldn’t put into words. I am excited when I see something in my inbox from you because I know it will be worth reading, enriching for both my brain and my soul and give me a beacon to keep striving towards with my own business. While my reach is small, as my business is growing, I am committed to giving, taking action and using what I have to speak for me. Thank you for putting your gift continuously and tirelessly into the world, in service and support of others. I am continuously inspired and #IStandWithLove.

  102. I fully support this, thank you Marie for being a beautiful empathic soul. I am happy to donate to this necessary cause.
    Below is my experience with these lovely people.

    A GIFT FROM THE SYRIAN REFUGEES

    It all started with small brown paper gift bags. Plain, recycled, planet friendly, millennium trendy, brown paper gift bags. You know the one’s I’m talking about. And these little bags were packed lovingly, by plain, recycled, planet friendly, millennium trendy individuals. Regular people, like you and me.

    But on this day, the receivers of these gifts were not responding how I imagined they would. My first thought was perhaps they had never seen trendy brown bags before. This was potentially possible, and highly probable given their circumstances. I watched and observed while the 75 bags were handed out one by one. Some were smiling, some appeared bashful, others kept their heads down, and one little boy buried his face into someone I could only assume would be his father, who was wearing a very colourful thick fabric coat. Draped with that fabric, was the man that hooked my eyes.

    I will never know his name, and I’m unsure now of it’s importance, but I will never forget his eyes. They were blackish brown, deeply set, sadly beautiful, and they did not move. He sat composed in his stiff plastic chair and stared at me. Never blinking, his shift never wavering. And it was oddly haunting. Yet strangely, an unspoken understanding passed between us in that short moment. Telepathically perhaps, but I could feel his weary sense of relief and extreme gratitude as he looked me. I was about to say a few words to the strangers in this room, so in keeping with a public speaking rule, ‘you should pick one person to direct your message too’, I looked straight back at him and said, ’Welcome to Canada, I Accept You’.

    These are the Syrian refugees. Fresh off a plane landing into Vancouver BC. Whisked through immigration and plunked into the ‘Welcome’ House at the Immigration Services Society’s arms. Luckily for me, I was granted entry to meet these fragile people. I came with my expectations and my mother earth gift bags, but what I experienced was absolutely not what I expected.

    What impacted me most was how calm the room was. I imagined slight hysteria and a lot of tears and commotion. But what I saw was extraordinary people, waiting for extra-ordinary instructions. All of this was happening at lightning speed, as there is a ‘no exploitation’ rule in effect, and my time with these guests was extremely limited. Fair enough!!

    But within those fleeting minutes I took stock in the room, and the whole time I was present, I could feel those eyes fixated on me. Those eyes that spoke nothing but whispered everything. Collectively, echoing all around this refugee greeting room, was the universal language of thank you, grace and hope.

    It was at that moment that I received my gift. It came unpackaged, not trendy, no swanky gift card attached. Instead, it was a clear, unshakable understanding of our shared humanity. The concrete affirmation that we are all deserving of love and belonging, no matter who we are, how we look, whom we love, or what we believe.

    The brown gift bags sat beside their chairs, unnoticed. In my ignorance and innocence, I thought that gifts would be some sort of a welcome offering, like this insignificant bag would ease the loss and suffering they have endured.

    But instead I learned, that the greatest gift of all was much simpler. I accepted them.

    With gratitude to the ISS,

    Accept Me

    Kim Radons

    • Jen

      How beautiful, thank you for sharing!

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Kim, this is an incredible, moving story. Thank for sharing it with all of us, and also for the tremendous work you’re doing. xo

  103. Marie, your light shines so brightly…Thank you for putting more love and compassion into the world through this very worthy cause…Our family has donated and am sharing with friends so we all remember we have so many reasons to be grateful and every little bit makes a difference. #IStandWithLove

  104. Kaitlyn

    Thank you for this opportunity, Marie! #IStandWithLove

  105. Rich Z Warren

    This is truly AMAZING, Marie! “…a few simple swipes on my iPhone” illustrates how simple it is for any one of us to make a difference – anyone can do it! It’s truly inspiring and empowering! Thank you for being YOU!

  106. This is wonderful and I am moved by the connection to Mother’s Day. As an adoptive mom of a little girl from China, I love honoring the thread that bonds us across cultures and countries. Thank you for sharing with us how we can contribute to The Compassion Collective. Love the name too!

  107. You’ve left me asking, “What else can I do?” How else can I support this work Marie? I’m standing at attention ready to accept orders!

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      You’re so generous, Crista!! xo

  108. The greatest human ability, the greatest human accomplishment, is to love with a Compassionate heart. Thank you for creating a cause that lets us practice compassion. From a Buddhist perspective, compassion is the highest most noble “emotion” – the ability to witness the suffering of others, to be moved by it, and to ACT to relieve suffering. May all beings be free from suffering – and may those of us who are able to help, help big.

  109. Ann

    Yes! Thank you Marie for sharing this with me. It couldn’t have come at a better time as my thoughts have been filled with, “What can I do to contribute?” I am honored to be part of a cause that is mindful of all “Our” children.

  110. Destinie Kirby

    During my morning bible study, prayers, and meditation I was reading and being pulled toward wanting to do something today to help those in need. I was not expecting the email about The Compassion Collective, but when I saw it I knew that contributing was part of my tasks for today. It is our duty to help those in need, and I am thrilled to be able to participate and share this initiative with others. Thank you so much for leading me here. <3

  111. Marie, I am an avid follower of Glennon Melton and have also listened to several Brene Brown videos. I have already started supporting the Compassion Collective and am SOOOOO excited about it! I am thrilled that there is a mix of women that are doing something about this and I LOVE the $25 max. Anyone can be a part and not feel like their donation amounts to “too little”.
    I and my daughter were at a speaking engagement with Glennon last Thursday (4/28/16) in Little Rock and she shared how this all started and how successful it has been and the “no overhead” is the key component here for many of us!
    As she said, “We can do small things with big love”!
    Blessings to al of you getting this out there and encouraging all of us to do so as well!

  112. YES, YES, YES, YES! To the four corners of the world, to the four elements, to all who are here to expand our hearts into the bigger versions of what we can be as human beings. Thank you, Marie, for setting the example to all of us, your tribe and beyond.
    With so much deep love and appreciation for you and all that you stand for, LOVE being the greatest of all.
    xo
    Chrys

  113. Yvonne

    Once again #IStandWithLove together with everyone supporting this beautiful cause in whichever way they can. So grateful that I reached a point in my life where I am able to give something back on a monetary level as well.
    If you haven’t reached that level yet, have faith, because I know in my heart that one day you will. For now (and always) let’s do what we each can to give a little hope. Remember, even a kind word or a smile can save a life. Thank you for being that lifesaver!

  114. Amanda

    Thank you for your call to action, Marie! The Syrian refugee crisis is ever-present here in Europe and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, powerless and unable to make a difference. However, there are infinite ways to help and the challenge is to find the one that works for us. Architect Tadao Ando listed a number of urgent issues the building industry is facing in a speech he gave last year and the refugee crisis was one of them. What has been giving me hope ever since is that we can make an impact as part of an industry, a movement or any other group. This seems so obvious that I wonder why I still lose hope in certain moments.

  115. Thank you Marie for bringing this to my attention. The refugee crisis was something that pained me, but I was not sure how to help. I am glad these funds are directly going to the crisis situation and our own teen homeless situation. I am happy to support.

  116. LOVE this, Marie!! I’ve seen first hand the refugees arrive on the Greek island of Lesvos, I helped them out of those plastic boats and had people collapse in my arms, it was indescribable. As a visual storyteller I’ve shared that reality with the world thru my blog. Lots of empathy+compassion is needed, so excited to see you supporting this cause!!! You rock!!!

  117. Jen

    Synchronicity in full flight! I too have felt drawn to the refugee crisis and didn’t know how to help. This is perfect. Monthly tithing set up and shared with my network. Thank you, Marie, for being such a generous and authentic light. I appreciate you and your team so much, thank you truly!

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, meaningful synchronicity, Jen! xo

  118. Meghan

    Thank you for telling the story of Mother’s Day. That is a beautifully inspiring share, and I will pass it on. #IStandWithLove

  119. Amy

    This is powerful! Thank you for inviting me to join this important work of mothering humanity Marie! Blessings on all!

  120. Natalie

    Marie, you are freakin awesome. Thanks for opening up an opportunity for those of us that want to help and aren’t always sure how.

  121. Jen Martinsen

    Great work, Marie! Thank you for being a constant inspiration. It is such a heartbreaking crisis; I am thrilled to provide support such an important human crisis. Thank you for sharing and motivating us to stand with you and with love. #IStandWithLove

  122. Carine

    This is such a wonderful thing to be apart of and I love the idea. I have just donated and shared with my friends.
    Big hug

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Thank you, Carine! xo

  123. Stephanie

    The Narada Bhakti Sutras say “even after love arises in the heart, let there be a firm commitment to heeding the teachings, otherwise there is danger of a fall”, which I love to understand and share, simply, as “Love is a practice”.
    Our hearts are broken open constantly by the vision of the world around us. Thank you for reminding us that feeling the brokenness inside isn’t enough. Love is action. Love is practice and we can become better at it! I find it incredibly encouraging! Love is a practice. I can become better at it. We can become better at it.
    Today, I am reminded of my commitment to Love, through your loving and authentic words, and I take action. Thank you!
    #IStandWithLove

  124. Donated and shared. Thank you for bringing my attention to this group.

  125. Mara

    As usual you are a great inspiration Marie! I live in Greece and the refugee crisis is very strong and in front of us all the time. I tried to help as much as i could here but i am happy to join forces with your amazing initiative!
    I just had a little problem while trying to make my contribution. AN error msg “invalid txn for card” comes out…i hope you can tell me what to do to proceed!
    Thanks again for your help in this world!
    Mara

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Mara, oh no! We’ll shoot you an email to see if we can help troubleshoot!

  126. This is very moving Marie! Thank you for bringing this meaningful work to our attention. I just donated and have spread the word on social media. #IStandWithLove

  127. The timing couldn’t be better. I have had strong feeling that this Mother’s Day needs to mean more than myself feeling pampered and appreciated. I want my children to recognize that our bond, our love extends way beyond our own front door. Happy to join the mission.

  128. This almost makes me cry. I so often feel the same way — I’m not doing enough. Count me in!

  129. Gladys

    Thank you Marie, you are such a beautiful soul. YES… Let’s create all together a better world, not only with donations, but by taking deep responsability for all our creations, dark and light, giving us the chance to forgive ourselves, so we can stop projecting our own darkness into the world. The real change starts within ourselves…and the more self-love and respect we have for our own being, the more our inner child will have the possibility to laugh, to grow with ease and joy, and love will expands and shine into the world, creating more compassion, forgiveness and confidence between each of us as humanity. LET’S PROJECT OUR GLOWING PRESENCE THROGH LOVE.

  130. Marie, you are such a beautiful Soul. You really make my heart swell. Absolutely honored to join your mission: #IStandWithLove. Thank you for all that you do ?

  131. Sundee H.

    YES!
    Marie, you are truly an inspiration. I’m going to feel a little better today knowing I’m helping those who don’t have a warm, motherly and enveloping hug for them at the end of the day. Thanks for bringing this opportunity forward. I’ll look into homeless youth programs in my area. I want to get my hands “in” and “on”. Love simply and love forever

  132. I’m in and completely committed to participating in this collective. The mission of The Compassion Collective aligns with the trajectory of a project/community I have been envisioning for some time “Radical Renewal.” We all have choice and an ability to take action in the smallest of ways to create a life for ourselves and our children that sustains well-being body, mind and spirit, today and for future generations locally and globally. I know deep in my heart that it is possible.

  133. I love this message. Count me in, and I’ll be spreading the word!

  134. This is beautiful.
    I am in and my company is in.
    Thank you for spreading the word, and the love.

  135. Homelessness is something that really strikes my heart and soul, it is something that no one should have to experience, and I would love to do more to help others. I do believe that we are all one, and that we are all part of the same family.
    #IStandWithLove. With you all 🙂 xx

    • Sandy Chiruwaruwa

      lt takes a seed to become a fruit and at the end we enjoy l support this and all your ideologies to make this earth a safer place to live ,,thank you all Mothers on this platform who had the affectionate love to all babies all the world at hearty .Weapons must not be manufactured.#IStandWithLove

  136. What you said about “Why isn’t someone doing something?” reminded me of a popular Christian song. The answer is of course, “That’s why God created me, so I could do something.”
    Thanks for this opportunity to “do something.”

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Our pleasure, Doug. So honored that this resonated with you!

  137. Marie
    Thank you for this share. I’ve had homeless family members in the past & it is indescribably heartbreaking. I lost a family member in part to what homelessness leads to.
    It lead me to start my current company which aligns companies to volunteer & contribute to nonprofits who are making a difference in this area in particular ( & a special thanks to B School here too). I live near San Diego and we have nearly 10k homeless, the largest growing population which is under 9 years old.
    Looking forward to re-tweeting your post today. Thanks again for taking a stand.

  138. Hi Marie,
    I’ve just joined this great initiative. I posted it on my Facebook page as well.
    What you wrote in your story ”I often found myself yelling at the TV, What is happening to these people? This is INSANE. Is ANYONE doing anything about this?!” totally resonated with me. I live in Spain and the refugee crisis is something that especially in the Mediterranean region you don’t just hear about, you feel it very close to you.. yet, I believe we are not doing enough about it. Sharing stories and news on social media is a powerful way to raise awareness but acting is really what makes the difference. And this, of course, applies also to other areas of injustice, inhumanity and inequality that deserve attention, resources and focus, as you also rightly pointed out.
    Each and one of us makes the world we live in.
    Thank you!
    Veronica

  139. Lolly

    Dear Marie,

    I truly believe that you’ve got the kindest intentions in joining this initiative, and I do believe in helping out each other regardless of race/ gender/ religion/ etc. However, the refugee crisis is a lot more complex than we’d like to think. Clicking a “donate” button just won’t do it.

    I’m from Greece. The response from everyday people (as opposed to the politicians) has been awesome, beyond imagination. They’ve tried to help in every way possible, by giving out food, meds, clothes, and even putting up refugees in their own homes. But, that’s not enough. The refugees don’t want to stay here. They know there’s no future for them in Greece. With the borders closed, though, they have no other choice. They are literally trapped here. Opening the borders could be a temporary solution, but still, it’s not a cure.

    I think our attention and our efforts should be geared towards the cause of this crisis: ending the war that makes these people leave their homes and their entire lives in the first place. That’s what we should be talking about, and that’s what we should be asking for. Everything else is just a patch on a massive bleeding wound.

    • Marie B.

      I agree that these issues are systemic and obviously donating money won’t solve everything. What are your thoughts and ideas on next step action plans? After every vicious attack in Syria it seems there are “talks” between governments to “resolve the issues”, but the war continues. What can we do?

      • Lolly

        To be honest, I don’t believe there are any serious “talks” about resolving anything. These are just for show. All our campaigns, all our efforts should be geared towards pressurizing governments and international organizations to actually sit their asses down and come up with a viable plan right NOW. It’s not a problem that we as individuals can solve -it’s not like I can waltz into Damascus and demand that the war stop. But still, our voices count if we act collectively.

        • Marie B.

          I love you and I agree. As someone who has experienced the effects of this crisis first hand and so close to home, you must have great insight into it. Who do we need to be putting pressure on? The UN? Washington DC? The EU? Protest at the G7?

          • Lolly

            Sorry it took so long for me to answer. I know, I am a terrible procrastinator! I believe that, if we all put our voices together to put pressure to our respective governments, we would he be heard. There’s little the Greeks can do to get the DC to give a shit, but I am pretty sure we can wreak havoc to our own government. The same goes for you. Most governments are part of greater alliances anyway, be it the European Union, or the G7, or Nato, and so on, so I think the message would get out there pretty fast.

  140. Thank you Marie for all the wonderful work you do. I have been a fan of Marie TV for a while now, sharing it with friends. Your post today motivated me to take ACTION. I donated to the refugees and homeless youth in the U.S. Finally, you gave us a simple way to help. I too watched the news in horror, as a father stood there helpless, unable to provide food, shelter or shoes for his small children, sitting in icy cold mud. I went to bed in my cozy house that night feeling helpless too. Thank you for giving us a way to help. You are an amazing leader.
    A couple of months ago, I began training as a CASA, a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children. Tomorrow, I get matched with my CASA child, and a youth to mentor. I am taking action to help.
    You are an inspiration. Thank you for leading the way.

  141. This is wonderful! Beautiful in fact, to do something that will do so much good. Love being a part of the solution and not the problem. Happy to support this cause. #IStandWithLove

  142. Thank you for this today. Exactly where I needed to channel my energy… toward women, connection and compassion. It is not enough to find peace in yourself.. we need to find it in the world.

  143. I love this to the moon and back with a trip around Pluto thrown in. I have screamed at the TV in despair for the Syrians myself and happily contribute to this cause. Thank you!

  144. I’m with you Marie! People don’t realize the power they hold in their hands if they work with others of like mind.

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Beautifully put, Jill!

  145. Marci

    I’m honored to be a part of this program. Marie, it’s why I love following you and watching your programs and doing Bschool. Because you care and you do something about it. I love my religeon because I have also been able to donate to them knowing that my money goes to those in need, not someone running the program.
    It’s a beautiful program that I think would make you happy
    to see.

  146. joined, donated, shared on fb personal and business pages. thank you, marie, for all that you so. xoxo!

  147. Marie

    This is why I love you so much. So many times, we’re just on the same wave.
    I’ve been heartbroken over the crisis in Syria for so long, and trying to raise awareness within my community. What’s also heartbreaking is the population of Americans who are so deeply afraid of people who come from these war-ridden countries, and even hide behind their religious beliefs to justify their fear and hatred, or lack of willingness to help. It’s unacceptable.

    I’m glad there are people in this world who are doing everything possible to help and make a difference. Together we can educate and create change. Thank you for your work and your beautiful words.

  148. Amy

    Tuesday is always great getting a Marie email but this is one of the best! Thank you for spreading the word Marie!

  149. I LOVE THIS!!!
    Part of what I’ve been working on in the past year is delivering medical and nutritional aid to Refugees in Jordan. I’ve been actively involved with an international organization that’s been playing a huge role in supporting hospitals doctors, emergency workers, psycho-social help etc to Syrians in Syria, as well as refugees in the Middle East and Greece.

    One of the biggest areas of resistance I come across in being an advocate for this group is that “there’s so many people that need help” or “what about the homeless problem at home” or [insert every other tragedy we face today] – So to that I echo your point we are all one… “Love is not either/or”.

    So much THIS!
    Thank you! Sending SO much love!

  150. Donated- $20 monthly! Thank you Marie for shedding light and empowering those of us that want to help but don’t know how?! It feels so good to be a part of the solution! Now, I too can slow down the tears and yelling. When you are a part of the solution, its empowering.
    God Bless your giving heart!
    Peace + Blessings- Kylie C

  151. Malgosia

    YES! And, Marie, thank you so much for sharing this cause with us all. Too many times we want to do something to help but don’t even know where to start! This coming from you, opens my wallet right away because I know this is something I can trust and all donations will actually go towards the cause vs huge overhead.
    Lots of love,
    Malgosia

  152. My partner and I are definitely in on this one. Great causes, great idea. Thank you for the opportunity to help.

  153. I am so excited to support and be a part of this mission. I am #StandingTogether in masses to help the homeless children and the Syrian Refugees.

  154. Valerie

    My boyfriend is a Neonatologist and is originally from Aleppo, Syria. He has been a U.S. Citizen for over forty years; however, his family remains in Syria where their livelihood has been destroyed and they live with daily terror.
    One nephew killed, another who required serious surgical intervention due to a land mine detonating as he walked across the university campus, a brother-in-law with permanent shrapnel in his skull (having missed his brain stem by millimeters after a car bomb exploded while on a family picnic.)
    They remain in Syria (thus far) by choice, but their lives have been permanently altered due to the ongoing destruction.
    Who of us can imagine these circumstances? Or heading out to sea with one’s children not knowing what awaits??
    Thank you, Marie– and the others of you– who are helping here.
    (I am a Pediatrician– and nothing is more valuable to this world than our children…)

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Valerie… I cannot even imagine what this has been like for your boyfriend’s family. Thank you for sharing their story here with us. xo

  155. MARIA

    THANK YOU DEAR MARIE <3

  156. Julie

    Thank you for bringing this to the conversation! I will donate and as Mother’s Day gifts this year, I will make donations in the name of all the mom’s I would have bought gifts for! Many sparklin blessings to you Marie!
    xoxoxo
    Jules

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      So thrilled to hear that, Jules. Thank you for standing with us.

  157. This is tremendously inspiring, Marie. My heart is deeply excited to join this collective and I’m so grateful you’ve shared this avenue to help. It is what I’ve been silently seeking. Bless you, Goddess! Xo

  158. I STAND FOR LOVE has been my personal mantra for many years. Couldn’t be more pleased to see one of my most favorite people in the world creating such a beautiful collective of compassionate souls! I’m with you Marie! Tweet’s shared!

  159. Leslie

    YES, I too stand for a more compassionate, just world. Thank you for making it so easy to donate and participate.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      You got it, Leslie. Thank you for your support!

  160. Thank you for sharing this opportunity to join these forces of big-heart, big-lovin’ good! Proudly and with honor, #IStandWithLove with all of you!

    Megan

  161. Wow, wow, wow Marie. Follow your heart and look where it goes. Love this so much. I’ve learned one HUGE thing in B-School and that’s ~ follow my heart ~ Here you go and prove it true again.
    Blessings lady, blessings.

  162. Dimitra

    That post was just beautiful, Marie. Thank you for the inspiration.

  163. Karey

    I am very glad that you feel for these people going through this hell. But I do often feel that I must say this. I personally feel that sometimes it seems to me that people who have the power of money, will give all their money to help people in foreign lands, when there are people right in their own countries who are suffering unimaginably.
    I personally went through 15 yrs of extreme physical and emotional pain that needed alternative therapies as the medical community could not help me. It took me 15 yrs to pull myself up bit by bit, and finally make the money myself to get some help which I didn’t need that much of as I had done most of the work on my own. there was absolutely no one to turn to. I sometimes feel that bec I had to deal with it all my own. It took me so much longer to heal.
    I cannot explain the frustration of knowing that there are people who could do something about this, who have the money, but instead they pour it into foreign countries, when their own are suffering unimagineably. And even though it seems people do have a roof over their heads, it still doesn’t mean the suffering isn’t as deep.
    On some level those people at least have each other in their suffering.
    People in America who suffer, suffer entirely on their own. We do not have robust community structures. And the people who suffer sometimes have absolutely no support.

    • Hey Karey! Did you read the full post? This campaign is about homeless youth here in the U.S. too. XO

  164. Hi Marie – Thank You! You’re so great at taking action that is beautiful and meaningful – filled with spirit but also so tangible in the world. And yes – LOVE THIS!

  165. Hello Marie,
    I’m so happy to see you are doing this! I have a special place in my heart for these refugees because my father was a diplomat at the American Embassy in Beirut in 1965-69 and we were evacuated from the Arab-Israeli war in 1967. When we were allowed to come back to Beirut, the entire landscape had changed. The city was flooded with Palestinian refugees that literally lived in cardboard boxes. They had no home, no belongings, nothing at all. The children were filthy and I never saw any smiles. What a tragedy. My family and I would drive from Beirut to Turkey via Syria and I can recall (and I was only 13 years old) stopping for a bathroom break and playing Ring Around The Rosy in a field with some Syrian children. Such beautiful souls. I am so sad that war affects all children in the Middle East unfortunately. These children see what has happened to them and their parents and grow up angry and are ripe for becoming future terrorists. If we can intervene and save as many as we can, we will have succeeded. I’ve often wondered what happened to those little Palestinian children, and I fear many of them became member of Hamas because they knew nothing different. Thank you for bringing attention to this plight!! P.S.. just finished your B-School, and loved and learned so very much! You are a treasure!!

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Barbara, we love that you were in B-School with us this year and hope you’re enjoying the graduation bonuses.

      And thank you so very much for sharing your experiences here.

  166. Coreen

    Awesome way to harness your energy and talents to then put it out into the world to make a difference. Thank you for continuing to inspire everyone you know, to collectively improve our world.

  167. Thank you Marie.
    There often feels like there is SO much need that I don’t have the time or the resources to make enough of a difference everywhere I want to… and at times I let that overwhelm me.
    Nice reminder that I only need to show up and make a difference where I can when I can. A little bit every day adds up 🙂

  168. My husband and I have been looking for an effort like this to support. Thank you for sharing.

  169. Niketa

    Thank you Marie for sharing information on The Compassion Collective. Thank you also for your heartfelt words. I am happy to contribute to this cause, and just made my donation!

  170. Thank you, Marie, for stepping out with Compassion. Love is so much more than a feeling – it is most definitely an action – the most potent form of energy available to us. And we have access, all the time! Because of that, we must be continually engaged with the power of Love to create change – not just acting with one donation. I hope this is an inspiration to your entire community to stay engaged in “mothering” the children that belong to all of us.

    Dealing with the passing of my only daughter (only child) last year has further deepened my compassion & desire to make a difference in the lives of others every single day – as that makes a difference in my own life. It keeps Love at the forefront of all decisions. When I falter, Love quickly rushes in to gently correct me.

    Your call to action, Marie, is really what we’re all called to in this life. To Love One Another.

    Thank you for continuing to call!

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Kimberly, I cannot imagine how the last year has been for you in the sorrow you’ve faced, and the depth of love you’ve been coming to know and understand on a whole different level. Thank you so much for sharing this, and for sharing you own sense of motherhood and compassion.

      You are such a blessing — thanks for being here.

      • Thank you, Chelsea. Yes, you can go down into the depths of sorrow – & believe me, I do – but it’s a choice as to whether you stay there. I’ve chosen to visit when I have to, & bring something back from the depths each time, that I can use to further my own understanding of suffering, compassion, & Love – & then to engage in the practices that call up my joy. You’re right – it’s a whole different level of learning.

        So, I’m grateful that Love is an infinitely patient teacher & nurturing Presence. No one escapes suffering altogether. I just desire to help others navigate the terrain & find freedom because I am walking that path & following others who have gone before me. I believe in a Love that is big enough to hold us all up, no matter what our circumstances.

        Let’s just keep lifting one another! We can’t do it alone & Marie is doing a wonderful job of teaching & sharing this.

        • Chelsea - Team Forleo

          You’ve brought tears to my eyes. Thank YOU so much. xoxo

  171. I just tried to set up a monthly donation because I too have been distraught over this problem of/for the refugees. It won’t take my donation. It keeps telling me to put in a valid number. I tried $15, $15.00 Fifteen and every other collection of numbers, letters and symbols I could come up with. No luck. I will try later, but thought you might want to check out that link, or box or something so we can donate.

    • Kristin - Team Forleo

      Sheri, we’ll send you an email to help troubleshoot!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Hi Sheri! I just sent you an email, but I also wanted to reply here in case anyone else is having trouble.

      At the very top of the page where it asks how much you want to donate, you have to input the number only—no symbols. For example, if you want to donate fifteen dollars you’d input 15 (not $15, $15.00, 15.00, etc.). The symbols seem to be what’s throwing it off, but inputting the numbers by themselves will work, and you’ll see it change your donation total at the bottom of the form. 🙂

      Thank you so, SO much for your big heart and compassion. We’re super grateful for the love you put out into the world.

  172. This is beautiful Marie! Shared everywhere. Love you!

  173. elissar

    i am a syrian refugee in the netherlands and willing to help not only by sharing the campaign but also help on the ground, syrians who are stuck in Greece are suffering and am ready to travel overthere and help them as i can travel easily through EU now
    Refugees are the most vulnerable and the real looser of this filthy war that torn my home 🙁
    thanks again

  174. Thanks for bringing this to the world Marie, and helping ME feel like I can do SOMETHING. I’ve just been back from Europe with my family and am completely re-energized in life knowing how lucky I am. 🙂

  175. Leti

    Mothering is boundless love. I choose to share my love as a mother-as a daughter-as a sister-as a partner-as a woman-as a healer and as a listener. With gratitude and joy and hope I will make a difference to share the compassionate campaign.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Beautifully said.

  176. Good job. But you always do that.

    I am supporting my own social services movement. We took the idea from our own lives, being “in need consumers” with nowhere to turn, local professionals with no time to search outside their own province, and no local system in place. I am funding out of my own pocket to date. We have just started getting little donations and now more help through the local professionals to take the next step to non-profit status officially.

  177. Humble bow to you, Marie. You continue to inspire me. I chose the “unconventional path” to not have children. Over the years, when asked about it, I would say, I feel all children are my children to love and look out for. I have joined you in supporting this powerful project. Thank you. #IStandForLove

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Love that, Trish — thank you for standing with us.

  178. I’m honored and grateful to be in a position to give the max.

    Done. <3

    Much love,
    Lula

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Thank you, Lula!

  179. Jodi

    Thank you for sharing this. This helped to fill two needs that I have been experiencing for quite awhile. The first is becoming involved with something that makes a difference in our world. Like so many others and obviously you as well, Marie, it is easy to say “someone should do something about this!” Thank you for doing the research and finding that something that I can believe in, that gives back in ways that are close to my heart as a woman, mother, daughter, sister. The second is providing a different way to celebrate Mother’s Day. I have had issues with this overly commercialized and in my opinion, silly, holiday for years. The Compassion Collective has given a new and better meaning of this day to me.

  180. I’ve been circling the cave of my mind looking for a way to be a force for good to the Syrian refugees. When I read that infants were getting 1/4 of the milk they needed each day because many of their mothers have stopped lactating due to trauma, it made me wonder how to get formula manufacturers to donate, how to get money to Liz Clegg who runs the Jungle Camp at Calais, and it all felt like a huge lift for one person. But then your beautiful and authentic email came through and gave me hope, a place to donate, and an organization to promote. Thanks, Marie!

  181. Philemon Joseph

    MARIE FORLEO IS ALWAYS OUTSTANDING AND INNOVATIVE,I AM LEARNING SO MUCH FROM YOU AS YOU HAVE CREATED FOR THOSE WHO WANTS TO LEARN

  182. With all my heart, YES!

  183. Thank you Marie, for calling us forth and giving us a platform to work from. This is exactly what I needed to get going in helping others who are suffering. There is power in numbers. I’m excited to get started!

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Cindy, we’re so happy to hear that!

  184. Maria Glenn

    Im with you on this. Xx

  185. Mzi

    I stand for love with you Marie. I am truly touched. Lets do it!
    Warm regards from South Africa,

    Mzi

  186. Chantal Pelage

    Thank you so much for hearing my voice i really appreciate it

  187. Michael Nistler

    From a single parent who raised his daughter 40 years ago, learning to appreciate motherhood and believing in supporting those in need, count me in!
    Bless you Marie and everyone’s stewardship to help those in need.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Michael.

  188. I’m happy to be a part of this. Donation made…and FB shared! xoxo

  189. In love with this in a huge way!
    Donating, tweeting, sharing, caring!
    A Universal Mother,
    Laurie

  190. Kristina Tshistova

    Great idea Marie to share this powerful message with your Community. Indeed I must shamefully admit, that I recognise myself in your first reaction as well : “Why shouldn’t they do something about it?” Now I’ve taken the leap to act myself and not to think as someone on the backseat. Instead I’m driving the progress of change with your whole Community. Thank you!

  191. Yes, Yes, Yes!!!! Cheers to this idea and helping.

  192. Done & tweeted out! Thanks Marie for sharing a simple, brainless way for us to support these two causes. I know many friends doing the frontline refugee work yet wasn’t clear on which organizations to support so hadn’t done so yet despite wanting to. Having worked in the non-profit /development/ humanitarian sector for over a decade I like to do my research and I like to support a variety of causes… so ‘giving’ can be time consuming. Thanks for making it easier to expand more deeply into compassion!
    Sat nam,
    Catarina

  193. Thanks for sharing this amazing organization Marie. I absolutely love their tagline…there is no such thing as other people’s children!! I’m thrilled to support their mission.

  194. Lynne Klippel

    I’m so proud to be standing with you, Marie, and all the beautiful hearts in this group!

  195. Jameson

    This is beautiful. I am in. #IStandWithLove

  196. I was exactly like you, heart sick at the refugee problem and as got worse I knew I had to be part of the solution so I’ve donated financially regularly but most importantly I’m now able to give with my time. I volunteer as a mentor and through this I have had the privilege to work with individuals who once were refugees. To know I am helping them be the people they deserve to be makes my heart sing, love always wins #IStandWithLove #TheyCouldBeUs #WeCouldBeThem #Ubuntu
    You have a massive heart and I love everything you are doing – thank you

  197. Maria Eugenia

    More than glad …. #IStandWithLove

  198. Erin Tracy

    Compassion meets Action…this is Conciousness at work in the World. Beautiful.

  199. Those sweeping moments of insight that “land” for each of us are the antidote for everything that ails us. I like the sound of your TV news having a segment about people making a difference too. Wouldn’t it be lovely if they all showed how the world is getting to be a better place in spite of the terrible things that keep happening? And you’ve always been an example of it. Go girl!

  200. Louise

    Thanks Marie for sharing these words. In one paragraph (“when we stand together….”) you have managed to articulate what I have been feeling about the choice we are about to make here in the UK to stay in Europe or leave and why it’s so much more than a mathematical sum, not richer or poorer, but a conceptual choice to be open or closed in our mindset as a nation.

  201. Leesann Shefa

    Kindness, Compassion and Love are the Way Forward. Thank you Marie <3 Leesann

  202. Ruthie - RootieKazoo

    Thank you #TeamForleo for this invite today and considering all of us in this incredible movement. I am honored to support, share and be a part of this journey with #TheCollectiveCompassionTeam. Happy to share via the Social Media I currently participate in. Have already shared various posts on both Facebook and Pinterest and I just dedicated a new board on Pinterest to the Collective Compassion. I will be also be happy to make a contribution today.

    Fondly,
    Ruthie??

  203. Count me in!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  204. Makes my heart answer with an enormous “Yes”. We’re so much more powerful than we realize and truly creating a more loving and compassionate world is in our hands. We get to decide. I choose to stand for love.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Amen Christi!

  205. Awesome. Thanks!

  206. This is so close to my heart. As a mother it breaks my heart what is happening to children, women and families the world over.
    My work is dedicated to supporting mums rise, this way I can give back to those less fortunate. Helping just someone is doing something.
    I’m in, donated and sharing! #istandforlove

  207. I like to help the intelligent people .Especially those who are struggling. They are in a minority and there isn’t much help for them.However, I am willing to make a small donation to your cause because I know it will be wellspent. Please tel me where and how do I send this donation

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Hi Suresh! We’re honored you’d like to support this beautiful campaign, and you can find more information, as well as a “give now” link here: http://thecompassioncollective.org/.

      Thank you so much.

  208. To realise we can be the someone in ‘Why won’t someone do something about this’ can be life changing for both sides. Honoured to join this group of someones, who have love at their core.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Amen to that, Sherene!

  209. Hiroko Scott

    Hi, Marie
    Thank you for your courageous action. I was also yelling and upsetting myself in front of TV showing refugee people. I blamed the governments for everything. But I CAN do something about it! 5 years ago, I was almost become a homeless without job, money, and running out of rental agreement. A friend who saw my situation called me while I was social welfare office asking for help. She said she want to give me $2000 to help me. She also said there are no expectations to return or what I use it for. I cried in the office and made the officers panic and the officer said “You will have your allowance money tomorrow.” I will never forget that day and I am so excited to be part of the compassion collective. I am also proud Bschooler 2016. I am learning to share my gifts and compassion to the world. Thanks, Marie

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Love your share, Hiroko. We’re honored to have you on board, and expressing your voice here.

  210. With you 100%, I also make a regular donation to the Opportunity International organisation, which is a system of lending money to people to build schools and farms in the developing world. The Dalai Lama said that the world would be saved by western women. We have the education, resources and will to do it, now all we need to do is act. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to act. xxx

  211. Rose

    #Istandforlove
    My dream is to be able to ignite massive amounts of love, gratitude, compassion and generosity with just one email…just like you get to Marie. I see its an honor and a privilege. I can’t think of a better way to line up my integrity with my heart and my business. I have a lot to look forward to!

  212. Thank you so much for creating this very powerful opportunity to unite our humanity with love and compassion! I am so thankful and honored to contribute, spread the word, and stand for the cause!

    Much love,
    Heather Lowe ❤️??

  213. Jennifer Johns

    Thank you, Marie, for using your platform to support this life-changing work. So many people want to help if only they knew how. You have made this possible. I truly believe that all of the worlds’ children are my children and I am so happy to see this made visible in this work! Blessings to you and everyone making this happen. And love and blessings to the refugees everywhere.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Thank you for your lovely note, Jennifer!

  214. Mara Ayala

    I totally admire you!! Thank you for inspire people to ACT, and make a change in the world. Thank you for show us how to be helpful in a really way. We must recognize each other like a human beings, and spread the love. Thank You, Marie for sharing us this kind of organizations. #IStandWithLove.

  215. Khanh Nguyen

    Thank you Team Forleo. I am the daughter of a refugee family. I will forever be grateful to the people who opened their hearts to our family and showed us love. Thank you for caring and providing us with the opportunity to act.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Khanh, we’re so grateful to have you here, joining this conversation. We’re honored to have your support.

  216. Once again Marie, you are a leader in your business and your personal life. Thank you for sharing this opportunity with us. I am in 110%. Thank God that there are angels without wings on Earth like you who make a difference in the lives of others. My favorite quote is (even though it is not clear who really said this)… “To the world you may be only one person, but to one person you may be the world”.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      That’s such a good one, Linda. Thank you for your incredibly kind words too!

  217. Thank you so much Marie for sharing The Compassion Collective. I am honored to donate. Our true essence is compassion and I always have felt that from you in all your B-School classes.

  218. Jai

    Marie,
    One day it is my wish to be able to give you a great big hug.
    I feel I know you, I relate and understand you.
    You make such a difference – and I truly admire you.
    Action takers make change.
    I always try to take action.
    From what feels like a hopeless situation, we find some hope.
    xx

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Sending big hugs back, Jai. Thank you for your lovely note.

      XOXO

  219. Erin Schmit

    YES! Just made my donation to assist our youth. After teaching for over twenty years, I am well aware of the numerous children out there with no support, no love, no comfort, no food, no hope. Bless you Marie, and your cohorts, for helping spread the word to make a difference. Bless you for lighting the path.

  220. #IStandWithLove Marie, A dream of mine as well. My org, The Consious Living Collective is proud to support you too;-)

  221. Thank you for addressing such important issues in our world today! The world needs all of us to step up. I’m so happy to see that someone of your authority is taking a stand for what’s needed.

  222. Thank you for Marie for sharing this with us. It’s a wonderful idea and cause. I have done what I can to share this out on social media. Thank you for having such a huge heart and for really trying to make a difference in this world.

  223. Lindsay Edmunds

    Mother’s day just got a lot better. Joined and contributed.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Lindsay.

  224. I feel fortunate to be living in a country that took in Syrian refugees (though it’s still criticized for not taking enough in, and other criticize it for taking any refugees). Here in Canada we’ve seen an overflowing of support, donation, volunteers, housing, sponsorship and other offers. The majority of people are eager to help and the systems were not able to process all the donation and volunteers in time.
    Another video that is extremely moving is ‘The Island of Tears’, which shows a group of Israeli volunteers on a Greek island, scouring the sea horizons everyday looking for refugee boats. They call out to the refugees, signal them to approach the shore, pull them up and provide immediate medical and other assistance. This is where peace can truly start! When people put their religion and other differences aside and treat each other simply as fellow human beings.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, Asmin — thank you for sharing this.

  225. ricardo

    I wish I could participate actively in this kind of initiatives but I cant find this kind of campains in my country at least not to a gloal scale like this one

  226. Hi Marie: I have always said that the day women would realize that WE HAVE THE POWER TO change injustice and everything else that is not LOVE in the world, humanity will have a chance. Yes, I am with you and with every woman that believes that every child is OUR CHILD.

  227. I was homeless myself for a time when I was a teen. I’m super happy that I am in a position to help in a small way now.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      XOXO

  228. Joe Falzon

    Your team is Awesome Marie! Your work and your Actions are inspiring. Ghandi said ” Be the change you want in the world”. You are just that. You are Brilliant. I’m passing it on….

  229. victor andrade

    i love the idea lets make the world better the power of you and me its doing something

  230. rebecca

    thank you Marie for your heart felt message regarding the work of the Compassion Collective. I’m so glad to hear that this is happening, and yes, I did read every word of your message today. i must however say that i did begin to get a little down-hearted when the message got to asking for donations – 100% great that every cent is used and yet donations asked for are so small – but for the longest time i have been looking for a way to do something for someone rather than anonamously give money. of course i try to do little things when i can but i have so many really big ideas but can’t seem to put them to use as everyone just wants money. yes i will support everything and everyone i can – but please someone give me something to actually do – even looking how i do, i still actually do have a brain and hands and heart!

    • Hey Rebecca! Thanks for your note. As as shared in the last part of my post, using your VOICE can help tremendously too, and that doesn’t cost you anything 🙂

      And, while you may not be able to donate funds, do rest assured that any money that is being donated is being used REALLY well. Here’s a full update from the last campaign.

      http://momastery.com/blog/2016/04/27/love-revolution/

      Review that fully. I think it will inspire you to share your voice even more!

  231. Hi Marie! Thank you for joining the collective! I’ve been following for months, too… and have been so moved and inspired by this group. I’m organizing a benefit for World Refugee Day (June 20th) and International Yoga Day (June 21st). How can I donate our funds to the Compassion Collective?

    • Louise - Team Forleo

      Allison,
      Thank you so much for your support and your desire to give even more through your upcoming events. I’ve written you directly to touch base!

    • Hi Allison! I believe my team is reaching out to put you in touch with the folks at The Compassion Collective. BUT, do know that you could also make a monthly contribution which goes a really, really long way! THANK YOU so much for what you shared and for you generous, loving and creative heart. BLESS YOU!!!!!!

  232. Thank you Marie for highlighting this.
    As a mother of two precious boys I wake up grateful to the Universe each day that I get to share another day with them.
    I cannot imagine the hardship that those children go through on a daily basis and so I gladly joined this campaign.
    Thank you once again.

  233. Absolutely LOVE this initiative Marie! And YES, i’m with you. (sadly i’ve been guilty of yelling at the tv also. 🙁 )
    Thank you sharing and showing me a way that i can be of assistance and help to others less fortunate than myself.
    in kindess. xx

  234. Ann

    Thank you, Marie, for sharing this great cause. Your little anecdote hit close to home. I’m the same when it comes to these heart-breaking issues; I am always frustrated and saddened by images and stories shown in the media, but have never done anything about it. I didn’t know where to start, and had always been hesitant to donate because I cannot trust the organizations I come across myself. It is especially difficult to find organizations like The Compassion Collective in Taiwan, because the refugee crises gets little to no airtime in our media.

    However I have full faith in you, and am SO happy when I read your post. You’ve inspired me and gave me the opportunity to FINALLY DO SOMETHING. This issue needs to be highlighted more, especially in Asia. So thank you, thank you and thank you!

    Much Love,

  235. Stephanie

    Thank you for sharing this opportunity to make a difference! #IStandWithLove

  236. Bo Nyleen

    This is great, your passion reminded me of a wonderful talk at the General Conference.

    If you don’t have money, but you have passion JustServe.Org is also a good local resource.

    Marie, keep inspiring, you are so great at it!

  237. Meg

    YES I stand with you all. Made a donation in honor of the mom’s I love and shared on FB encouraging others to do the same. Thanks Marie, I NEVER would have found this great cause if it wasn’t for you.

  238. Kelly

    SPOT ON! you hit a chord that resonates with me and I am sure with every single mother in existence (perhaps everyone not just mothers). I used to think that I HAD to accomplish something on my own, that I was somehow less if I was not able to do this. The truth is we HAVE to join together, support each other with love and flow power to those who are actively able to create the future vision we want to see. I am so incredibly proud of you and your team, the good people you affiliate with and all of the motion in the right direction to have a beautiful, sane, supportive, creative future.
    Much Love and Success,
    Aussie Mum

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Kelly, thank you for your amazing message — we’re deeply humbled by it. xoxo

  239. Kelley Cass

    I was once a homeless teen because I preferred the streets of Long Beach, CA to living with a man who molested me as a child. And now, I have a grandson with Syrian heritage…his other grandmother is from Syria and has relatives still there. Both these issues touch my heart deeply and I strive to bring awareness to each almost every day. Thank you for bringing this organization to my awareness. I AM most definitely standing for a more compassionate, just world #IStandWithLove.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Kelley, I cannot imagine all that you’ve been through, and we’re so honored to have you standing with us.

  240. Natalia

    Done done and done. I’m deeply grateful to have a chance to help. I’ve been crying watching kids and moms getting off boats in Greece. Thank you!!!

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Natalia!!

  241. Yes! Of course yes!thank you for sharing with us the opportunity to do good…to do better Marie!

    Love and light for all!
    Maria

  242. Myra

    Marie, this is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this and making it easier for people to make a difference. I just made a donation and I am hopeful that the money will help at least one person in need.

  243. Tanja

    What a wonderful initiative! How could I NOT donate? 🙂
    Are you planning on making this an annual fundraising event?
    I wonder if anyone has done something like this in conjunction with Mother’s Day here in Norway yet…

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Tanja — it’s a great idea, and we do have many wheels turning all the time to find more ways to give and take action. Marie’s a project partner of The Compassion Collective, so we’re definitely committed to doing everything we can to extend our reach and spread the word about this campaign right now.

      We’ll of course let you know when and if we’re going to do something like this again and how to be a part of it!

  244. I am all about this! Thank you Marie for providing the vehicle to make this happen. #IStandForLove

  245. Leena

    #IStandWithLove with all of you.

  246. Just donatet! Thank you so much for your sharing and this opportunity! lots of love from Austria

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Cori.

  247. I’m joining, too! Thank you, Marie, for leading the way. Let’s spread the love <3

  248. Angela

    Hi Marie

    thank you so much for doing this. I live in the UK = country whose politicians almost refuse to help with the European refugee crisis and today I am flying to Germany = country with a compassionate leader who against all the odds and people trying to convince her otherwise has said: “We can do this.” Thank you for being one of those who believes in “we can” and giving me the wonderful opportunity to contribute a donation to help.

    Angela

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Absolutely, Angela!

      Safe travels to you. 🙂

  249. Thanks for giving us all the opportunity to share together and really make a difference.

  250. Jacque

    I am sorry… I am sorry that for so many people around the world, life is like this. I am truly sorry. Thank you Marie for being a part of this project, and allowing us to contribute in our own small way. Love and light.

  251. Carmen Low-Shang

    Thank you for this Inspiration… I will share over my networks… There is nothing more blessed than one mother inspiring another mother… In Cape Town we are joining together to visit maternity homes to bless new mothers on Mother’s Day… So keep us in your thoughts too xxx

  252. Temmy

    I’m too emotional to even write. #IStandWithLove.

  253. Kristin

    Dear Marie,
    Thanks a lot! I am overwhelmed by your compassion and truly love. I truly like the ideas of “The Compassion Collective” and I am honored to support this live saving work.
    Lots of Love
    Kristin (from Germany)

  254. Thank you Marie for being a powerful stand for humanity and a powerful and warrior goddess leader making a difference by rallying the rest of the goddesses for such great causes!

    #istandwithlove
    With Love & appreciation,
    Martie

  255. YES! I stand for LOVE.

    What a wonderful initiative. Xxx

  256. Thank you for sharing this opportunity to get involved and support an incredible organization and mission Marie. This was a powerful and life-changing message for me. I’ve always felt a calling to do more, to give, and serve as much as possible. To be honest though, at this point in my life, I felt like I didn’t have “enough” to give. I found myself saying things like, “I’m only one person, I can’t make a difference. When I have more money, then I’ll get involved.” Today, a light bulb went off! The words from Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, “Just because we can’t help everyone doesn’t mean we shouldn’t help someone.” completely changed my mindset. I’m one person and I can help SOMEONE! My small donation can help someone. My support can create a ripple effect among my family and friends, and together we can help someone. I’m thrilled to donate and support this organization. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time, energy, and money this Mother’s Day. #TakingBackMothersDay

  257. I’m in tears Marie. I am a mother and a believer in the power of a collective. I also haven’t been doing enough to change the world. This post reminded me that I can make a difference. And I will. I don’t have two pennies to rub together at the moment, but I will share this as far and wide as I can.
    Blessings

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      And that’s more than enough, Carla — thank you so very much. We love having you standing with us.

  258. Marie,
    This deeply touched my heart. I have felt a little hopeless listening to the news, overwhelmed, not knowing what to do and then not wanting to watch because it is too heartbreaking and often so negative.
    This deeply resonated with me:
    “The healing of the world is in our collective hands. Never forget, we have more power than we realize. We have the power to direct our resources and our voices to things that truly express and support what we believe in. With every action we take, we’re one step closer to creating the world we envision.”
    Thank you for the reminder that there IS something I can do to help and that small things add up collectively. Here is to a compassionate and loving world… #IStandWithLove

  259. gillian kennedy

    yes yes yes. bring on the enegetic shift. ofcourseistandwithlove

    with love,

    gill in cork in ireland,

    right now

    x x x

  260. Don

    At one point we need to lay down our arms and begin to extend our hands. The world is not our wild west. We are all so much more intelligent than war. No other creature on the planet has been endowed with so many miraculous gifts, and no other creature has used these gifts to create such destruction and despair. Yes we can extend our hearts,our hands, but until we begin to tap into our higher intelligence, will we begin to resolve so many issues once and for all. There is absolutely nothing new about Syria, human life has been used as a pond by government and corporation for centuries. Last year alone the United States spent close to 100 billion dollars on armaments. The cost of one day of bombing would take care of a huge portion of poverty and hunger in the United States. One month of bombing would allow for all American children to attend college or university at zero cost. Do we all not see the huge cost of war. Syria lived in relative peace for close to a decade. Big oil needed a pipeline to travel from Saudi Arabia through Syria. Syria said no, not long after all hell broke out. Behind these negotiations were the United States and Saudi Arabia last year combined they spent 260 billion dollars on armaments, many of these arms landing in ISIS hands. Have you ever asked the question that when all of these refugees are fleeing there homeland, why other Middle Eastern countries do not open their doors. This world needs more than donations we all must evacuate fear and tap into the infinite potential that we all have…it begins with love and branches out to cooperation and partnership. We can end all forms of stupidity if we we truly desire, but up until now watching all this murder, and displacement of innocent lives has all been a form of entertainment for us. Yes you may turn to NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and perhaps CNN for your daily dose of stupidity but remember like any drug it is only a fix, for one short moment of time your world looks so much better than the world around you. after the episode is all done children remain hungry, homelessness grows, people die for lack of good medical care, higher education is unattainable, the justice system will remain corrupt, our air and water polluted, and the food system contaminated. In this solemn plee of help, we all feel justified if we donate a couple of dollars to one of several thousand acts of stupidity that wo/mankind involves themselves in each and every day. Look at the candidates for President of the highest office…have you heard one piece of intelligent information flow from any of there mouths. No we have all become addicted to stupidity. We can all end stupidity today…if we willed it in our hearts and minds to do so.

  261. Simple, Heartfelt and BRILLIANT! I, too, am taking back Mother’s Day and sharing your message of hope and healing and actively making a difference. #IStandWIthLove
    Thanks, Maria, for using your influence for good.
    Cheers,
    Lynn Glover

  262. I became a photographer to eventually be able to create documentaries that impact the world by sharing topics that the majority of people would have no way of learning about. Right now I’m in the process to transitioning to an online business in order to be able to fund my documentary projects. If we have a purpose behind our business we will have the right motivation in order to be successful. Money is just a mean that will allow you to do the things you are passionate about, for some people their passion is to create a better world. We need to have more businesses with purpose in 2016.
    Find yours.

  263. Freya

    Thank you so much for acting on what you saw! I joined!

  264. Elle

    Yes, I happily give my support to this mission! Thank you, Marie for showing us this opportunity and for your touching words!

  265. Yes. I am a Mom before anything else. I am blessed with 2 awesome sons. I thank the universe daily for them. The world truly is a better place with them in it…I tell them this often. I will go donate now. Thank you for bringing us a way to help. <3

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Thank YOU, Cindy!

  266. Anita Shultz

    I just sent my mother a card telling her that instead of flowers this year, I donated to The Compassion Collective. I know it will warm her heart.

    My heart aches for the motherless…I was just smothering my daughter’s soft face with kisses this morning, and as she protested, I informed her that there would come a day when she would wish for me to smother her face with kisses and she doubted me. Even I, whose mother is still alive and well, have days when I wish she could smother my face with kisses….but we live too far away. I can’t imagine a world where I can’t reach her by phone, or worse, not knowing my family is safe and fed.

    Thank you, Marie, for bringing this Collective to my attention.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Such a beautiful share, Anita. Love, love, love it. And thank you for your support!

  267. Yes. I am a Mom before anything else. I am blessed with 2 awesome sons. The world is a better place with them in it…I tell them this often. Thank you for giving us a place to donate and help. <3

  268. Done! Thanks for sharing your vision, Marie. This is what truly separates you from other successful business leaders: your compassionate heart. It’s a huge part of why I follow you and joined B-School, because I share your values.

  269. Oh my gosh, Marie, this is wonderful! When I gave birth to my son, I felt that I became a mother to the world. I have always loved children (all children) but now I truly see them all as mine. Mine to help, to support their mothers, to be there for them when they need me. And so, yes, #IStandWithLove!

  270. Every act of love, as this one deserves to be shared. We never know when and how our actions will change the lives of others. It could be that our actions change a single life, but this life will be changed forever. Let’s give others the blessings and gifts that have already been given to us.#IStandWithLove

  271. Beautifully written Marie! I loved the part about “there is no such thing as other people’s children”. I teared up when I read that because that’s exactly how I feel. I am more than happy to say #IStandWithLove.

  272. This spoke to my heart & made me cry. I’m grateful for the work of the Compassion Collective. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

  273. Thank you so dearly Marie for bringing awareness to this AMAZING united front of compassion and peace! One of the Laws of the Mind according to, A Course in Miracles, is that we are all connected. Truly the Compassion Collective is highlighting this powerful law. I stand with Love <3

  274. Hi Marie…Thank you for everything you do to be a living example of greatness 🙂
    I tried to donate several times and double-checked my credit card information but I kept getting the following message “Oops! There were some errors: Invalid Card Data: RB504”
    I’m based in Cario, Egypt but this shouldn’t be an issue for using a Visa crad I suppose. I’ve been using it online without any problems.Pleas advise asap…Thx a million XO, Heba

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Heba, so sorry you’re running into trouble! I’m not sure where the card data error might be coming from. Have you tried accessing the page with a different browser or contacting your bank just to see if it clears things up for you?

      Please feel free to email infoATmarieforleoDOTcom, and we’ll be happy to lend a hand in any way!

  275. Jennifer Lopez Salcido

    Hey Marie. Thanks for the opportunity to give to a cause that is of utmost importance and necessity. I’ve been looking for something that I can give to, and because I trust you and your partners (huge fan of Brene, Liz, Rob and Glenon) giving was a no-brainer! Thanks again and I’ll look forward to following Compassion Collective updates.

    With Love,

    Jennifer Lopez Salcido

  276. Thank you Marie for a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. There is no better feeling and gift than opening your heart and helping others. I can’t tell you how this touched me. My husband and I have personally witnessed the kindness of strangers when our daughter was in a terrible car accident a few years ago. Good samaritans stopped and helped her until the ambulance arrived and one couple even followed her to the hospital, staying until they knew her family was there with her and she was going to be okay. I am so happy and excited to be able to give back through this wonderful cause and look forward to help bring even more awareness to it. My husband and I started a blog a few months ago, so I will share on that and all social media. I wholeheartedly agree that they are all our children. Thanks again Marie for your big heart and all the good work you do.

    • Chelsea - Team Forleo

      Beautiful share, Serafina. We’re so happy to have your support.

  277. Gladys

    No more comments in my inbox
    Thank you

  278. Yes! #IStandWithLove
    You are a true inspiration! Thank you for all you do for people around the world. My pleasure to provide my support to a very worthy cause.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Andy! It means the world to us to know that you’re standing on the side of love. Thanks for making a difference!

  279. Louise

    Marie, I love this initiative, and as a mother and a grandmother, I was completely onboard until I got to the part of your letter above that said, “100% of all funds raised will be divided equally between two causes: continuing the work with refugees across Europe and caring for homeless youth here in the United States.” At that point I though, “Oh, but I live in Australia.” which isn’t to say that I don’t care about homeless youth in the US. I care about homeless youth everywhere. So why focus on your own country? Is it because the majority of your fans are US residents? Why not find a charity that helps homeless children everywhere?

    • Hey Louise! Thank you for what you shared.

      I chose to partner with The Compassion Collective because I believe 100% in what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. Glennon and her Team are EXTREMELY dedicated and the organizations selected are 100% their choice.

      I also support other organizations that support children worldwide (see this page for more http://www.marieforleo.com/giving-back/) but if you’re not comfortable with this, no worries!

      If this post inspires you to find local organizations to support, then go do it! That is still STANDING WITH LOVE 😉

  280. Happy always to stand for love and join you in this Marie!
    xoj9

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Jeannine! We truly appreciate you. 🙂

  281. Patricia Bebout

    I think the Compassion Collective is a great opportunity to give back, giving is the most unselfish form of love . On Mother’s Day we all expect to receive from our loves ones, as a mother of a teenager all I want is a kiss an hug. I couldn’t imagine not being able to hug and kiss my son because he is a run away or drug addiction or homeless, if I can make a difference in someone’s life my giving will be a treasure that I will cherish forever, thank you for giving me a call to action in this year, month, day . If We can make a difference in some else’s lives this world will be a better place !!!! Xoxoxo

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Exactly! Thank you for making a difference and helping those who need it most. And Happy (early) Mother’s Day! 🙂

  282. As a mother who was once homeless with a small child and an advocate for creating community, I stand with you. Being poor and homeless doesn’t mean your are ignorant and unworthy. Without the loveingkindness of others in my darkest times, I wouldn’t have found my grounding again. We all need love. We all need to feel we belong and that we matter.??✨

    • Thank you for sharing this Robin, and for inspiring others to help those in need. I wish you many blessings in your life and all that you offer

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you so, SO much for sharing this! I’m so glad people showed you kindness and that you’re no longer homeless. There are so many ways we can help one another and it makes me happy to know that people showed you compassion when you needed it most. <3

  283. amin

    hi . im amin raiessi from IRAN (sistan & balouchestan province. chabahar city) . how can i send money . i have no any credit card. but i want to be with you and do something for making a new world with full of love .

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Hi, Amin! Thank you so much for your desire to donate. I don’t know that there’s a way to send money online if you don’t have a credit card, but I was able to find the address for Together Rising (the parent organization of The Compassion Collective) if you want to try sending them a check: http://togetherrising.org/connect/ We so appreciate your desire to donate and make the world a better place! 🙂

  284. “Just because we can’t help everyone doesn’t mean we shouldn’t help someone” ? I agree 100%. It’s not helping to be sad and angree about all the bad in the world, it’s not helping to shout that someone should be doing something… We can’t do everything but we CAN do something for someone. I’ve learnet a lot today. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help and for eyes & heart opening moment ?❤️

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      YES! That’s so important. I’m so glad Marie’s wisdom resonated with you. 🙂

  285. Prem

    we can not do things alone and help many people at once. Only a collective effort and a team work can find some solution for some one in need. As Individuals we can manage, making little more effort to support and together make a difference. There are people facing very difficult time, who need love and support in this world, ..like a child who needs his mothers love and care; that comforts his soul. we all need Mothers love and blessing in our life.

    #IStandWithLove..

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      So true! Thank you so much for standing with love. We’re honored by your generosity!

  286. This truly is exciting. In these times with so much happening in the world, there are so many things that need everyones help and attention. Thank you for presenting this so beautifully to your followers and to the world, and for creating a space where people can really trust where their love, and support are going. I do have one suggestion….maybe you create a note for example, when I make my donation, I can opt for a note from The Compassion Collective to my mother, saying that I have made this donation in her honor to support those in need of us mothers as well…something like that. with love to you all.

    • Elizabeth

      I just received my receipt and saw the certificate to honor someone….Of course you thought of that already!! xoxox

      • Mandy - Team Forleo

        So glad you found it, Elizabeth! It’s awesome that you can honor your sweet mom on her special day with your generosity. What a wonderful win-win!

  287. This is a great initiative, in every way. Thank you for the opportunity. Thank you for allowing me to celebrate Mother’s Day and love and ALL life in ways that truly work and truly matter and make sense to me. And thank you for helping me and all of us to stand for love and be together for a better, safer, healthier, happier, and more just world. Gratitude and love to all.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank YOU, Lyrysa! Thank you for answering the call and helping those in their time of need. We’re so glad you’re standing on the side of love.

  288. Beautiful Marie. Sending you a hug, and a heart felt thank you for activating the masses on this. As a Greek this hits home for me – a refugee camp was just opened near my parents home and I keep hearing about the conditions the refugees are living in. They are washing their clothes and taking showers at our local beach – building campfires for their food. It is such a difficult situation for everyone there. There’s help coming in, but still – to have to live in a tent with your children through the entire winter, under those conditions, and wondering every day when it will be over (if ever), truly challenges the souls of both refugees as well as the global community. I’ve been looking for a legit charity and I’m so thankful you offered this! I have donated, joined the initiative, blogged about it for Mother’s Day and spreading the word. I’m in…
    Thank you so much Marie

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you so, SO much, Maria. Hearing what these refugee families’ lives are like in the camps is so important for all of us to hear. For most of us, the idea of having to wash your clothes and shower on a beach and living in a tent, even in the winter, is unimaginable. It’s beyond heart-breaking. Thank you so much for donating and for spreading the word. We’re so grateful that you’re standing with love.

  289. Concetta

    Thank you from the deepest of my heart. There are manyother organizations and charities and I contributegladly, but this is theonlyonethat has Love and Compassion as a clear motivation. This is about brotherhood. This is a step forward and not out of religion, but humanity. If God is Love, it’s about God too.

  290. Simona

    I am on board. <3

  291. Donated – shared – tweeted! A great mission and happy to contribute! <3

  292. Monique

    Finally! An initiative I can say yes to with all my heart. Been searching for a way to support these poor people for so long now. Thank you thank you thank you xx

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Wonderful, Monique! Thank you so much for standing with us 🙂 xo

      • Monique

        There was no way that I couldn’t have. xx

  293. I absolutely #standinlove with you. Thank you so much for posting this and making us aware of a way to act (not just empathize). I am sharing this to as many people that will listen. Thank you, Marie and team! <3

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for sharing and standing with us, Amber!

  294. K.C

    Thank you for sharing this info Marie. I appreciate the opportunity to donate to this group in honor of my Mom. She would have loved the work that is being done.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      What a beautiful tribute to your Mom, K.C. We’re so honored to have you standing with us.

  295. Jackie

    Marie, once again you spreading love and making a difference. Thanks for being that special YOU.
    I was wondering if the donation page or some other method would allow us to donate on behalf of our friends. I would love to make a donation for some of my motherhood friends in their name and have them receive an email on Mother’s Day that says something to the effect that they are helping to make a change in the lives of other children. I don’t have much but it would be a donation gladly given in their honor.
    Thanks again.
    Jackie

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Hi Jackie, thank you so much for your kind words, and it’s so wonderful that you’re thinking of donating in honor of your friends.

      I’m not sure if The Compassion Collective has an option for officially donating in honor of someone else or sending them an email, but I definitely encourage you to get in touch with Together Rising, since they’re the nonprofit responsible for managing donations, and they may be able to help: http://togetherrising.org/

  296. Kim

    Hi Marie,
    I’m so touched by the vastness of your heart, your endless generosity of yourself, your time and your resources. This is such an inspiring project. It’s so easy to get caught up in my own struggles, but I have a home. Being homeless or displaced is extremely traumatic. We each can find a way to bring kindness into our every day lives regardless of whether we have the finances to contribute. In the giving we are given.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Beautifully said, Kim! <3

  297. Yes #istandwithlove taking back Mother’s Day & helping to create that positive change in the world. ? Contributed & will share wherever I can. ?? Compassion Collective ??

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      That’s so wonderful, Kelly! Thank you so much for standing with us and sharing. xoxo

  298. Thank you for your constant and deeply loving inspiration Marie. I happily support this mission! Strength is found in numbers. #IStandWithLove

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Mridu! We’re so honored to have you standing with us and helping to support this beautiful cause.

  299. Jumana Bader

    Marie, you are and you continue to be a great role model to me and million others obviously.
    I am Jordanian from a Palistenian origin, living in Jordan that is being the home for millions of refugees from all around the area now including the Syrians, it’s horrific what’s going on but we try to do as much as little us can do.
    Thank you for your stand and open mindedness to include the problems of the worlds in your initiatives and of course I will support your mission in every way possible.
    Thank you again
    #IStandWithLove

  300. Astrid Van Der Linden

    What an amazing cause! Thank you Marie for sharing it with us and giving an opportunity to make a difference! Yes, it is heartbreaking to see these poor souls suffer the plight of war and then have to face the distress of leaving their homeland. My heart goes out to them. Love your work Marie and your compassionate heart!

  301. Marie….in one word: D O P E.

    This is awesome and everything I believe in too. I would love to opportunity to work with you beyond this campaign and I will incorporate into my Moms Winning work. I have a blog but also run a weekly live chat for moms and community workshops. Mothers are a source of power and strength…and together, I believe, we can heal the world.

    With L O V E. Let’s Win!

  302. I have just finished B-School and the part about a purpose made me search for mine – I moved to Mauritius (a small island in the Indian Ocean, in Africa) from London 6 months ago (at which point we gave a huge amount of our winter clothes to Syrian refugees), and I knew I wanted to give back to this beautiful country with its incredible people. Less than 2 miles from where I live is a shanty town where some lovely people live who are trying to make the best of the tough situation they find themselves in. I am working with a local NGO to help these people directly through education, raising funds, and taking the kids out to do activities so they get to have fun and so their parents get a break. I love so much that you stand for helping others and that you share this and encourage others to do the same 🙂 Much love, Sophie xx

  303. I must admit I came across your blog post by accident, but I decided to read it anyways, and what a strong read! Will definitely follow you from now on.

  304. Thank you for sharing this special initiative, Marie . . . I am with you all the way. Opportunities to make a difference cross our paths every day here in South Africa, and our Mother’s Day contribution was a whole lot of fun – hosting a free confidence on camera workshop for 25 single Moms, who absolutely loved it! Special thanks to you for your role in this, by way of immense insight and inspiration from B-School. I am eternally grateful for my scholarship and the blessings that continue to expand from there, touching more lives than mine. Thank you so much again!

  305. My mother once gave me a bracelet with e words”, Man Of Compassion” on it. I am that and more when it comes to emotions of this nature without sounding narcissistic. In life though I’ve been surrounded mainly by those that see compassion as weak. It’s hard when you’re next to those that see being mean and condescending or retaliation as a strength instead of understanding. I consider myself a person of strength and courage, for I stand as who I am even though I’m viewed as weak.

  306. I am only seeing this now. Thankyou for sharing this marie.
    Since last year after completing Landmarks’s self expression and leadership program, I have been raising small amounts from beautiful colleagues and friends via chuffed where 100% of the money is paid forward to strangers in our communities. We complete a random act of kindness of $5, $25, $50 towards coffees , petrol , groceries etc and pass on a card with 9 more spots for the chain effect to hopefully keep moving…
    Spreading kindness #onePIFatatime and I on-purpose created it for “normal” people going about their normal Friday. Because sometimes we all just need to know that even if we are “ok” and living a normal life, that people care.

    I truly believe like you, that we can change the world as a collective. I purely am the vehicle of these acts for the generous people who want to do something to change the world.

    Letters of love on Facebook is also a group growing strong and we pick a random address from google maps and send a stranger a #lettersoflove to share how amazing we think they are.

    Together we can change the world and #spreadkindness . Xx

  307. Liza

    Thank you Marie for giving this matter much deserved attention. Not enough people do and I thank you and everyone who shows up everyday to be a present in their life and make a difference. It only takes one thought, one movement to create change. I choose to stand for love.
    Liza

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Liza. It’s so true that change can begin with something as simple as a thought, and we’re so glad you’re standing for love.

  308. DNN

    Standing with love and forgiveness is true transformation of the heart.

  309. Meagan Johnson

    Yes. LOVE without limits is and will always be my mission.

    Thank you for including me in this collective effort to grow.

    Sincerely,
    Meagan Johnson

  310. paddy faller

    i think we all tend to think about atrocities happening in far away places as “someone else’s” problem to sort out, as we are so wrapped up in our own cocoon, thinking that we are having such a tough time. I think you are truly amazing in coordinating this initiative in helping these poor souls in syria.

  311. Tanya Flores

    Thanks for opening these opportunities to make a difference. It is such a blessing to connect to such a giving and loving community like you! B-schooler 2015. 🙂

  312. Faiza Saleh

    Thank you for doing this Marie. You’re not just an amazing and beautiful businesswoman, your’e also an inspiring and beautiful soul.
    I’ve been a fan for years but my love for your work has just gone to another level.
    God Bless You!

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Faiza. ♥ We love having you tuning in and being a part of our incredible community!

  313. Emily

    Marie!
    Sometimes these issues are so overwhelming. A lot of people I speak to feel helpless and hopeless about our future. People don`t trust charities anymore and have lost complete faith in our government. You stand out to me as a trustworthy figure and you have helped me to find my power and my voice in this matter and to take action. Thank you and your team for waking up and allowing me to do so as well.
    Much love

    Emily

  314. Megan Dahlgren

    Your email worked on me Marie. I gave and want to share this wonderful project with my friends and colleagues. Thank you for your well thought out approach to encouraging your followers to give.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Megan, thank you so much for contributing and sharing this incredible initiative.

  315. Yes, I’m standing with us for a more compassionate, just world. I do linked in and FB no twitter, I am in! xoxo

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad to hear that you’re in, Gillian. Thank you for being a part of this important initiative!

  316. Yes, I will stand with LOVE! If when the war ends, and you know how I can go to Aleppo to entertain the children with theatre, songs, and art, please let me know. As an actor and artist, I would love to help this way – getting children to express themselves through art or at least get their minds off the pain while watching an interactive play that would inspire them (im brainstorming as I type), please let me know! I would LOVE to go help this way or any other way I can.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      That’s so incredibly sweet of you, Maria! I’m not sure what kind of opportunities might exist for performers in the future, but you might like to check out The Compassion Collective’s page for more info or ways you can get involved: http://thecompassioncollective.org/

      Thank you for being a part of this incredibly important conversation!

  317. Yes, I am standing for a more compassionate and just world!!
    Thank you for doing this!

  318. The holidays are rarely “hard” for me. I have a good relationship with my family, I have enough money to buy small gifts for loved ones, I live close to my parents so I don’t have to travel. But this year, Thanksgiving was hard to swallow. This holiday I love so much representing our shared relationship with Native Americans – well, it fell more than hollow. It felt like a cruel hoax. The more I learned about Standing Rock, the more I realized how much the indigenous people of this country have been abused. And now, with Christmas around the corner, the idea of buying a new blender for my mom just seems insane when so many are suffering. The videos from Aleppo make me sick to my stomach. I can’t look away, and I’m glad. I’ve looked away for too long. This year all my holiday shopping will be donating to causes that are helping heal the world. That is where my money is going. And I’ll make some gifts to wrap – simply things that say “I love you” and “I’m thinking of you” (I’m decoupaging light switch covers – but any other DIY gift suggestions welcome!). But I will not go to a mall, or buy online one gift that feels frivolous and unnecessary. I am so grateful to you Marie. I have wondered how to best help Aleppo. I gave to Amnesty, but this feels even more immediate. Thank you. Thank you for using your considerable powers for good. I bought into B-school years ago and never went through the program. But I’ve always appreciated that I could at any time, and I have loved being on your mailing list. Now more than ever.

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, Eleanor. Thank you so much for sharing and being a part of this worthy cause!

  319. Denise Aguero

    Hi Marie,
    First, you’re amazing and thank you for doing Something. About everything. Really. You’re wonderful. I love this Collective. And, okay yes, I have a suggestion for you. I think that you and I have similar creative goals as far as humanizing problems/issues so that people can *relate* to one another more and then take action for themselves or others or the world. The goal is inspiration, right? This is always my greatest artistic goal in my writing: humanizing The Other to cultivate more compassion. Personally, I’m greatly inspired by Buddhism.
    Anyway, I’m a Southern lady with a Muslim husband, family, friends and colleagues. I currently live outside the U.S. in a Muslim country. As a Southern non-Muslim white girl, for the first time I’ve come to know vaguely how it feels to be a minority. My suggestion is that you have a Muslim hijabi guest, especially for the sake of the Compassion Collective. I remember living in the States and hearing how others looked down on or felt sorry for or generally had negative feelings for women who wore the hijab. I don’t wear it, but living among average or below average or totally badass women who choose to wear it, I’ve come to see the irrelevance of it, of just seeing someone, just SEEing someone, not their clothes. It’s powerful. It reflects nothing about the person wearing it. There are conservative women who wear hijab, and there are very liberal ladies, queer ladies who wear it. While unfortunately in the U.S. it is very misunderstood, even here it’s a topic of debate and hijabi women are discriminated against (in a Muslim country). Considering the political situation in the U.S. and current and potential problems, my hope is that you will have a Muslim female guest, one who wears a scarf, and just talk about her rad blog or radio show or life or slam poetry or small business or whatever and not even address the fact that she’s wearing a scarf. Because who cares? If I want to have a conversation with a rock star do we have to spend five minutes discussing their tight pants? Do I need to address any other item of clothing someone wears in an interview? Do you spend lots of time discussing how your other guests are dressed? Nope. So, I hope that you can help humanize Muslim women by treating them like women. Period. There are badass Muslim women in the U.S. in all areas of life (if you don’t know one please reach out and I’ll put you in touch with one:) ) and I’d love to see them seen and humanized on your program. I think it’s exactly what you represent and exactly what your audience needs, especially with regards to the Compassion Collective. If you want folks to give, they need to see Others as more human, equal and relevant.
    Love always,
    Denise

    • Caroline - Team Forleo

      Denise, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and suggestion with us. I’m delighted to let you know that we actually have featured a wonderful Muslim woman on MarieTV a while back, and not only is her episode amazing, but it’s incredibly funny and witty (it’s actually one of my all-time favorite episodes personally). You can check that episode out here: https://www.marieforleo.com/2014/09/overcome-adversity-maysoon-zayid/

      Thanks again for being a part of this incredible conversation!

  320. Yes! I Stand with Love! xo

  321. The universe led me here today. So happy to have the means to contribute to this incredible cause. Thank you.

  322. Ella Kate Humphreys

    I have found in the last few weeks that my greatest gift in this lifetime has been my ability to be loved and give love. I have expanded this love a whole lot more just by contributing to compassion collaborative. I did it as an act of kindness, giving and support but it has the rebound effect of filling me up way more than I already am.

    Thank you for showing them to me. Perfect timing

  323. I have a soft place in my heart for the homeless. No child should be without. #IStandWithLove

  324. Alex

    Hi Marie,
    Just wanted to let you know that this post struck a chord with me when I read it back in September. The part about someone should do something about it and realizing that someone am I – I joined a volunteer organization here in Belgium and went with them to the Calais Jungle (before it was demolished) in France to deliver aid and talk to the refugees. Initially I saw their post looking for volunteers and thought, great idea but it’s not for me pretending it is outside my comfort zone and another excuse or two. Long story short, this article made me write them a message. I went a total of 3 times and we are still going about once a month, just to different places helping refugees directly or indirectly. This weekend we’ll have a public event and I’m one of the speakers – I’ll give a short shout out to you when I tell how I got involved, so be ready for that 😉 Thanks for kicking me in the behind by reminding me of Ghandi: Be the change you wish to see in the world. Keep on being awesome! Love, Alex 🙂

  325. This is amazing work Team Forleo! I’m IN and say YES with all my heart. Finances are super tight so THANK YOU for always telling us it’s OK and that sharing is also caring. I shared and have bookmarked for the day when I CAN give. Until then, I give with my voice and my heart. <3 with Love, Vanessa, French-Portuguese B-Schooler 2017 in London UK

  326. Thank you so much for sharing about this work. I’ve shared to my social and will donate, ongoing. Appreciate the amazing contribution you and this organisation are making!

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