Tag Archive: empathy

Consolation is a beautiful word

I first received the news via text message.  A good friend of mine had suddenly lost a family member.  It happened moments after my son slammed his tiny finger between our waffle iron after breakfast–causing the blood to well up underneath the nail.  Moments later I opened my inbox, noticing several emails from people who […]

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You can’t judge a book by its cover

Don’t judge a book by its cover when you don’t understand what that person’s been through.      Corrie Louise Rose  Several months ago we set up a meeting with a prosperous businessman.  We met him in his office and assumed the meeting would be a short one and that we would stick to ‘business’.  We […]

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Healing People

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.      Henry David Thoreau A special friend of ours shared with us these thoughts below, written by Kenneth Haugk, PhD, clinical psychologist, pastor and author.  Dr. Haugk writes about “healing people”, what they are and how they respond to others’ grief and […]

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I really don’t know what to do

      Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.      Emily Dickinson I really don’t know what to do. She reached out to us with these words, plaintive and despairing.  She feels lost, alone.  She is uncertain if a dawn will come to her again.  But still she reached out […]

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It Sat and Listened …

She knew it was not going to be good news.  That gnawing pain in the pit of the stomach was getting worse and, when the whites of her eyes turned yellow (for example), she knew she had to see the doctor.  The CAT scan confirmed what the Disease Management Care Blog (DMCB) already knew: it was […]

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Permission to be Human

Often it is at our lowest point in life that we learn the most.  We say, “God, this is too much.  Life has disappointed me beyond all belief.” … those low moments are the magical moments.  They are the beginning stages of our journey.      Melody Beatty   We hear it all the time, from […]

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Not Alone in Our Sadness

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it – always.      Gandhi The news from Connecticut today was devastating, utterly devastating. The […]

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A Stranger, Reaching Out

Often, we look for miracles to be big, dramatic events – occurrences that suddenly alter our lives in ways we never expect. Certainly, they can and do come that way. But those kinds of miracles are usually rare. Spectacular and breathtaking, yes. But definitely rare. More frequently, though, I (Michael) see miracles occurring every day, […]

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