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It takes courage and strength to be so vulnerable that you can share your experience and attention with someone else. In observing someone else’s pain, we know the emotion because we have experienced it before. Each awareness of pain, or circumstance, does not make one weak. Rather, we approach it gently, with respect, since we know its power.

Once we can accept that it does not have to stop us from moving forward, we can reach out to someone else who needs a hand. Being empathetic does not mean being weak. It means being brave enough to know your own limits and realize that the person speaking to you has not found his yet.

Even if you can change nothing, you can extend kindness and compassion in listening. You are proof that quiet encompasses courage, awareness, and self-knowledge.

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We write for many reasons and I thank you for reading mine.  Wishing you peace on your journey….

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Not what you expected? Not all glittery and exciting like the flash of a New Year’s Celebration? Everyone says have a happy new year. With that gracious wish is the unspoken flip side. Have a better year than the last. Things were OK, but given the chance, you might want to reach for more.

Based on the emails filling my inbox today, I should be losing weight, juicing fresh fruits and vegetables, taking vitamins, beginning graduate school, and buying fitness equipment. All of those things may be true and helpful, but it also implies that I have not reached my potential and should strive higher.

To me, that means I am being encouraged to be something I am assumed not. While it may not always come in the face to face mode, electronically it has been sent out millions of times. In bringing in a New Year, we must bid goodbye to the old one. The Yin and Yang of each New Year causes us to review the good and the bad, the black and the white, the highs and the lows, those who have passed and those who have been born. Somewhere between the extremes at each end, are billions of us who are hoping to achieve ~~~ and pray that there is more to life than this!

We do want to believe things can get better. Our human hearts, minds and emotions are subject to some denial. Obviously, the dropping of the Ball in Times Square and the fireworks around the world did not magically change everything overnight. We may have felt better with optimism, and enthusiasm, fueled with a few champagne cocktails.

Tomorrow it is back to the grindstone and the nagging questions and worries I had yesterday at 11:59 p.m.

We want that new start, the clean slate, the conviction that anything and everything is possible and headed our way. We want all that confetti to usher in something fabulous, exciting and life altering.

The hard part is recognizing it when it comes since it may occur in a plain brown wrapper on an ordinary day.  It may come in the simple guise of someone giving us something to think about and encouraging us to keep going because the next miracle is unseen and right around the corner.

So I offer a small token of encouragement and wish you a steady supply of more in the coming year.

Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
– William Arthur

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Have a Happy, Kind, Compassionate, Caring & Thoughtful New Year! Thank you for stopping by! It means more than you know.

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