How to Demonstrate Empathy

Over the years I have heard many descriptions of empathy and distinctions between empathy and sympathy. I recently came across a quote that I really like. “Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.” Now as you ponder that you will probably realize that it is a mixed bag. If the echoes I…

It’s All in the Attitude

There are any number of factors that contribute to a long and fruitful life. Notice that I didn’t just say long. Fruitful has to do with the quality of life that we live and our attitude around continuing to learn and grow are critical parts of that. As you may recall from a previous post,…

Are You Worried About Dying?

Author Steve Goodier shared the following story. One night, a Dodgers farm club coached by Tommy Lasorda was leading Tucson by one run in the eighth inning, but Tucson had the bases loaded with two outs.  According to Don Martin in TeamThink, Lasorda decided to pep up his pitcher, a left-hander named Bobby O’Brien. Lasorda…

Have We Gotten Off Track?

As a nation, we have come a long ways from our founding roots – which has not been a good thing.  It seems that our country is more politically divided than I ever recall and values that we once held dear and precious seemingly have been discarded for an “anything goes” approach.  Absolutes have morphed…

Have You Been Hurt?

That may seem like a silly question.  I mean, if you have been alive any length of time, you have certainly been hurt by someone.  It may have been a cutting comment, a rude response, a betrayal, and the list goes on.  So, the obvious answer to the question is, “Yes, I’ve been hurt.” Perhaps…