Category: Compassion and Kindness

How to Know When to Provide Empathy or Advice and Why It Matters

The other day a friend emailed me and asked if I could spare some time to talk to him as he was in a tough situation. I wrote back, “I would love to speak with you. Can you tell me if you’d prefer my empathy or if you want me to offer solutions to your problem or both?” When he wrote back he said, “That’s a really great question, thank you for asking me. I would like empathy and no solutions to my problem. I’d really just like to talk out my problems with someone who will be compassionate to

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In the End Only One Thing Matters

In the end it won’t matter if you were big or small. It won’t matter if you were young or old, rich or poor, black, white, yellow, or green. It won’t matter if you drove a sports car, a minivan or rode a bicycle. It won’t matter if you drank too much or did drugs. It won’t matter if you had anxiety, autism, or depression. It won’t matter if you got straight A’s or failed out of school. It won’t matter if you got an MBA, toured Australia, or touched Stonehenge. It won’t matter if you read 3,000 books or

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The Power of an Unanticipated Compliment

The other day I was sitting in my office and I started thinking about an acquaintance. She’s a really lovely person who is kind, compassionate, and very giving. While I was having these thoughts, one of my guides said “So tell her how you feel about her.” I responded, “Just out of the blue?” “Yes,” the guide replied. “Why not?” I sent her a message on Facebook and said “Hi, I just wanted you to know how highly I regard you. You’re one of the most caring and compassionate people I know, and I love how you raise people’s vibrations

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The Danger of Believing God Will Save You

There are a lot of people on the planet right now who carry an extremely strong and fervent belief that God is completely in control of what happens to them. If they win the lottery, it’s because God is rewarding them. If they suffer an illness, it’s because God is punishing them. If they get a new job, it’s because God arranged it. If they lose a child, it’s because God wanted that child back in Heaven. But there is an incredible danger in believing that someone else is in control of your life. When bad things happen to you,

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Dumping Out the Dirty Water

Has this ever happened to you? You have to make a really tough decision about whether to stay in a relationship or leave? Or whether to keep the same job or strike out on a new career path? Or you have to decide if you should end a friendship? It can be agonizing to have to decide whether to let go of something you’ve held so long, especially if you anticipate there being emotional pain from leaving the situation. Many of the people I read for come to me wanting to know what will happen if they stay in the

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