“Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.”
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Over the past several months I’ve noticed an increase in the water works in my communities.
Beyond numerous strong storms with an abundance of rain, there have been many floodgates of tears released due to various types of heavy burdens.
Today’s quote could go a bit further—just as rain falls to renew the greenery in our world, tears need a shoulder to land on to lighten our emotional loads.
Where are you noticing or experiencing heavy hearts in your world?
Where are people in these communities compassionately coming together to share these showers of emotion to help clear the skies of tomorrow?
“My experience of life is what I agree to attend to.”
—William James, 19th Century American philosopher, historian, and psychologist
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How do you spend your days?
Who do you spend them with?
How agreeable and satisfied are your answers to these questions?
To what degree do you feel free to attend to your days as you desire?
How is your ability to choose your path blocked by factors outside of your control?
I recently reached a meditation milestone of 1400 consecutive days—the mindfulness exercises have been of significant value to my life off the cushion.
Building greater acceptance, patience, and compassion, and being more equanimous with life as it unfolds have been bonuses to my initial efforts to be less stressed, and grow calmer.
What steps can and will you take in the coming days to enhance your experience of life, and that to which you attend?
We aim to be generous, kind and compassionate. Being human means that sometimes our intentions often miss the mark.
—Calm App Reflection
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For the past several years, many people — including me — have been looking inward at our lives. Being knocked off balance by a variety of factors has made us more mindful and aware of our place in the world, and has caused us to pursue greater meaning and purpose.
It has been quite gratifying to see countless acts of compassion, generosity, and kindness in my communities and throughout the world. I’ve done better, but not always my best, at exercising these attributes.
In such cases, forgiveness and the resolve to keep trying are noteworthy ways to express our best human intentions.
Where have your generous, kind, and compassionate efforts missed the mark?
Where would forgiveness and giving things another go help you fulfill more of your best intentions?
“Courage gives us a voice and compassion gives us an ear. Without both there is no opportunity for empathy and connection.”
—Brené Brown, American research professor, lecturer, and author
The subtitle of my book, The Quotable Coach, is Daily Nuggets of Practical Wisdom. For these times, Brené Brown’s quote really resonates.
Where are you and others demonstrating the courage to voice your values and beliefs?
How compassionately are you opening your heart and ears to the challenges and difficulties of others in your various communities?
Where do you see the need for empathy and compassion?
How can and will you demonstrate more courage and compassion to generously serve and support our world with all its needs?
“Compassion compounds, giving grows, when you put positive energy into the world, you inspire others to pay it forward.”
—Jay Shetty, Purpose Coach, Former Monk, NYT Bestselling Author
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During my pharmaceutical career with The Upjohn Company between 1981 and 1992, we went through a TQM (Total Quality Management) initiative. As part of our efforts, we were requested/required to read the book Zapp — The lightning of Empowerment by William C Byham PhD and Jeff Cox. The intent was to inspire and create a culture of quality, productivity, and exceptional employee engagement.
The fictitious company in the book produced a product called a normalator, with which we are amusingly introduced to all sorts of Zapping (positive) and Sapping (negative) behaviors that uplift or squash people’s spirits.
Notice the zapping and sapping energies and behaviors that occur throughout your day in your personal and professional efforts.
Where and how can you pay forward the positive qualities that energize and inspire others to do the same?
“Run marathons in the footwear of others.”
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Most of us have been taught to walk a mile in others shoes before we are quick to judge. If you have done this during the past year, how has it impacted your life and the way you treat others?
What if, instead of a mile of walking, you ran 26.2 miles in the footwear of some of these individuals, to more fully explore their difficulties and heartaches?
Have you ever watched a marathon in person, or seen the Olympic or Boston event? If so, you would have seen thousands of people lining the routes, encouraging and supporting each competitor to run the best race possible, and reach their goal.
How and in what ways can you more fully appreciate the marathons others are running in your world? How can and will you reach out more generously and compassionately to support their courageous efforts?
“A level-headed person is one who doesn’t get dizzy doing good turns.”
—O.A. Battista, 20th Century Canadian-American chemist and author
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There is no question that the world is a dizzying place these days. What has recently changed in your personal and professional communities that has turned your life upside down?
To help you stabilize your world and regain some footing, many folks are bringing new levels of empathy, compassion, and generosity to those around them. What good turns are you observing these days in your various communities?
How and in what ways can you both acknowledge and actively participate in these efforts to realize a more level-headed world?
Please reply to this post with some examples of the good turns you are seeing and doing to regain your footing.
“Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.”
—William Arthur Ward, 20th Century inspirational author
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Many people are suffering these days. Without question, life comes with ups and downs, making our journeys bumpy and filled with twists and turns.
Forgiveness is a quality we admire and appreciate in people we respect and wish to emulate. Many of us find forgiveness quite difficult to express on a consistent basis despite the fact that it truly “warms the heart and cools the sting.”
What is it in our wiring that can make forgiving others and even forgiving ourselves so difficult?
How often do you make yourself and others wrong for their mistakes, shortcomings, and acts that hurt others?
What would be the value of finding greater compassion, empathy, and forgiveness within yourself to travel life’s road a bit more smoothly?
“True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain, but being moved to help relieve it.”
—Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence Author
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When I visit my 92-year-old dad in his assisted living community, he often says, Getting old is not for sissies! Before moving into this community, he lived with my mom in a senior community with about 15,000 other residents, living as happily and fully as possible.
As someone who tries to be mindful and observant of my surroundings, it is easy to see the various levels of physical and emotional pain most people experience. To my delight, I also observe tremendous compassion within these communities. It is common to see how the majority of the people do their best to help each other.
These efforts give them purpose and at least temporarily take their focus off of their own troubles.
Where are you currently moved to help relieve the pain others may be experiencing in your world? What one action can and will you take today to demonstrate a higher level of compassion?
Consider reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande to explore aging and how we can better support one another through this process.