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I found this to be so encouraging.  Sometimes, we feel powerless or think that we are “stuck,” yet we have the power to create our own spirit within our daily lives to rise above those issues that cause our ego to feel pain.   Our choice is to remain among the bitter, or become one such person seeing them seemingly getting ahead by their bad behavior, or raise our standards above what others may understand.  It is for us, not for them, however, if our example should happen to lift another, we are more fortunate for that opportunity to be of courage and understanding.

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Exploration is so often linked to travel to distant places.  Yet, exploration of the self is a commitment to that distance as well.

It is easier for some to run away, to turn, to keep busy, to occupy, to plan, or escape rather than search inside themselves.

Memories and habits are limited, or measured in a harsh light, and the preparation to understand ourselves and our reactions to things is something we would rather not delve into too deeply.

quote_carl jung_who looks inside awakes

For me, there is so much to explore in the brain and personality, yet we have so little information.  Each person is a universe of billions of cells and neurons that we have yet to discover.  In the scheme of things, we know so little with limited ways to learn about ourselves and others.

Possibilities and options – different ways of thinking, being, and doing – is a way to explore each day without leaving home.  There is no equipment or packing needed, and no travel to faraway places, to explore in the reflection of the mind, accountability and development of self, and our relationships with others.

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quote_michelangelo_discover it

Isn’t this true of every person as well?

 

The possibility of empathy and use of our imagination and compassion allows us to see and feel another’s experience and understand how it has affected them for better or worse. As empathetic people, we seek the beauty within.

 

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I wrote this post four years ago tomorrow.  In the midst of another brewing winter storm covering the swath of the United States and a horrific flu season, I felt that this story was appropriate and still made me smile.  I hope that it will do the same for you.

cartoon of boy with the flu

As a parent, I have tried to teach empathy and compassion to my children. We want to model behavior that will make an impression and reach the depths of human love and kindness.

Sometimes, a teacher can make an unforgettable impact with his ability to open his heart and show his students a lesson that will last a lifetime. For my son, and others, a compassionate and empathetic act will never be forgotten.

It has been a snowy and difficult winter. The Polar Vortex became a part of our vocabulary and people struggled all across the United States in bitter cold, ice storms and record-breaking snowfalls. Along with that, people became sick with colds, viruses, and the flu; all that time indoors may have been too much togetherness.

At the school my son attends, over 60 boys, in the dorm, were sick with the flu. Rising snow drifts and cold drafty apartments did not help anyone to feel better. A teacher with a heart of gold and an empathetic soul rounded up the boys who were still feeling fine. He sent them to the grocery store for ingredients and together they made a huge pot of soup.

The pot was so heavy, that it was carried by two boys, one on each side. The teacher, and his students, went from room to room, and bed to bed. They gave out bowls of soup and stopped to ask each young man how he was feeling and chatted a bit. It was not enough to acknowledge that they were sick; offering comfort in warm food and kind words taught a lesson more deeply than I could in 18 years.

A little creativity, sincerity and empathy can make an impact that will never be forgotten. My husband and I were so touched, and grateful, when we heard the story from our son. As parents, we wonder what trouble our children can get into away from home with unknown influences. This was a teaching moment that made a difference to each student that day, whether they were receiving kindness or sharing it.

What small act of kindness and empathy could you create that would be unforgettable?
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