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As an avowed Empathy Queen, individuals with passion, enthusiasm, sincerity, humor, honesty, and resilience are the ones who elicit my strongest sense of empathy.

When you have created strong emotion, for good or bad, you have found an audience that wants to take action.  Sympathy, pity and fear are short-term motivators and cause people to disconnect.  Yet, empathy makes someone want to advocate for you.

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This is the time of year when people want inclusion and to reinforce our desire for positive change in the world.  Every mass appeal still needs to reach the group as one person at a time to engage the head, heart and hands.

While I paused to consider those things for which I am grateful, my thoughts ran to setting aside some time and funds to donate on Giving Tuesday.

 

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#Giving Tuesday is today and is a global collaboration of social media and begins a notable period of charitable giving for the Holiday season and through the end of the year.

You can give your time, your money, or any other gift that can make a difference in your workplace, community, school, state, or country.  Last year, over 700,000 people in 70 countries raised over $116,000,000 online! 

We have so many wonderful charities to advocate for and people who need someone to fight for them. I have personally witnessed the devastation of ALS, destroying our loved ones and families, one neuron at a time.  Mental health stigma and shame still exists on a monumental level.  Not only do we still lack health insurance parity in the US, but, many are unable to seek treatment as fewer and fewer providers offer any insurance coverage at all. Less than 41% of individuals in the U.S. with a mental health condition received treatment this past year (http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers).

You are sensitive to those life-changing crises that have affected you and can offer encouragement, support, and comfort to someone who thinks that no one else in the world can possibly understand.

Choose a cause that elicits your empathy; you understand because you have experienced it firsthand.  Each of us has struggled and that can be a lesson and an aid to understanding another.  We have so much to be thankful for and gratitude for that which we have survived.  Sharing our blessings with those whom we care for is part of how we prepare for Thanksgiving.

Sharing our blessings with those who need our help is part of how we can prepare for #Giving Tuesday and throughout the charitable season.

Wishing you every blessing to share ~~~

 

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Thank you so much for sharing your time with me.

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To all those who read this blog and have graciously chosen to follow it, I wanted to thank you for your faith in me and belief in the need for empathy in our lives.

Our inboxes are filled to overflowing with email (mine is!), so it is greatly appreciated that you allow me to be part of your day.  Please be patient with me as I seek out your blogs and have an opportunity to read about your personal adventures.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  It is greatly appreciated and means more than you know.

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I love you and you will always be my child. I have been trying to stretch and grow to accommodate your view of life, but I realize that I am uncomfortable at times. Perhaps, it is because I am out of my comfort zone trying to be inside of yours. When I raised you, I had hoped to give you good character and kindness. Given your origins, independence, intelligence, and strong opinions could not help but be part of your nature. Sometimes, those opinions hurt me. You know I am sensitive and I was an easy target. But, still, I love you.

You have chosen to live your life differently than I have chosen to live mine. I try to keep my door open to you whenever you want to walk through it. We have made, and continue to make, different choices. I did not want to choose sides. I thought that I could lean over and hold on to all of them…. I want to be a part of your life and hope that you will grow to love me and include me in yours. However much I think we are the same, there is still too much difference. I am grateful that you are happy, but your version of happiness does not look quite like mine.

Will we grow to understand each other more as you grow in years? Will you choose me willingly, or reluctantly, to be a part of your life?

With every fiber of my being, you are like a limb; I could not imagine my life without you. When you are hurt and sad, I want to fix anything that happens to you. I want to comfort you and be the one who can make you stop crying or heal your pain. That fierce desire to care for and protect you will never change. But, you have found a love, that no parent can compete with, who reaches a part of your heart that I never will. As you grow, the brilliant colors are being added to your personal landscape.

What I am realizing, is that I want to walk with you on your path always, but you are walking on a road that I cannot follow. I am proud of you for choosing what you believe in and being self-sufficient. You are a wonderful friend and caring to those whom you love and cherish. You do not do everything the way that I do, nor do we have the same long term ideas, even though I wish we did. Please don’t judge me so harshly when you ask me to love you unconditionally.

Wanting to keep you near, but having to let you go is harder than you may think. Giving you roots, and wings, sounds easier than it is despite the gratitude that I feel as your parent. I can tell you that you were very wanted and are greatly loved. I did the best that I could at the time and continue to learn every day. If we are lucky enough, both of us will continue to improve until the last day of our lives.

With all my many words, ideas, and ideals, I still cannot seem to say the right thing. We do not agree on the method despite sharing the theory. We struggle to communicate at times. I am not perfect, and as special as you are, neither are you. We are two humans hoping to heal the future and right the errors of the past. While humans tend to focus on the bad, I hope that you will recall happy memories as well.

I hope you can grow to respect me and my feelings. I know that our relationship can be fragile despite the many years that I raised you. While you may not feel the same way, or understand, I promise you that you are a part of me always. As long as you are living, my baby you will be.

Remember, once I was your home.

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