Tag Archive: compassionate listening

The Party Wouldn’t be a Party Without You

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” —Dr. Seuss   “So, you…just listen?” We certainly didn’t expect the response we received […]

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Eyes

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” –Khalil Gibran “Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus—a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.” -Mother Teresa This next […]

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Friends

“Don’t judge a book by its cover when you don’t understand what that person’s been through.” –Corrie Louise Rose   Isn’t that true for all of us? If others really knew who we were on the inside, knowing our true vulnerabilities, our insecurities, our wounds, our pains, they couldn’t help but have empathy for us. […]

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Remember

“To love another person is to see the face of God.” Victor Hugo (Les Miserables) “Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.” Leo Tolstoy “In my deepest wound I saw your glory, and it dazzled me.” Augustine of Hippo   We […]

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First World Problems

“There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.” Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee “I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or […]

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This Crucible of Love

Sunset and evening star,       And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar,       When I put out to sea,  But such a tide as moving seems asleep,       Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep       Turns again home.   Twilight and evening bell, […]

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Look Up

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca  Sadly, far too few of us have relationships in which we truly understand and are understood. During a question and answer time after a noontime talk we gave to a local civic group, a man in […]

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Backslapping

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” —Brené Brown  “What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.” —Haruki Murakami  As we share our […]

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Security (The Worst Thing Isn’t The Last Thing)

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”                 Helen Keller It is Passover. […]

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Easter Terror (Running Away From “Home”)

Easter Sunday 1994. It was a great day! The morning church services went well on our first Easter in Hershey. Both of our families were here to celebrate the holiday, and my wife, Kathy, my two sons, Adam and David, and I were leaving the next morning for a 12-day trip to Honolulu and San […]

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