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“I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.”                                 

Maya Angelou

Empathy is so important and you might wonder why people don’t practice it more often especially in the light of current events. As with most human characteristics and behaviors, there is more to the story than meets the eye.

Empathy has to be developed. It is taught and practiced. We learn through words, actions and the experiences we have...

There is a second kind of selfishness that I call “loving-selfish”.   Loving-selfish takes your self into consideration: what you need and want along side the needs and wants of others.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to manage your own emotions and the emotions of others.  It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions so that positive results are achieved.

When people are upset, the words they use rarely convey the issues and needs at the heart of the problem. When we listen for what is felt as well as said, we connect more deeply to our own needs and emotions, and to those of other people. Listening in this way also, strengthens us, informs us, and makes it easier for others to hear us.

As a listener, it is difficult to hear what is being said, because of the emotion that gets stirred up inside of you. Even if you are not defensive you are faced with someone who is putting out a lot of feelings.


June 13, 2016

In the early hours of Sunday morning, while many of us were in our beds, a community came under attack. A man walked into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and opened fire; more than 100 people were injured or killed in the blink of an eye.

President Obama summed it up as an act of terror and an act of hate. In the coming days and weeks, we will again hear the discussions of gun control, religion, sexuality and hate in America.

For now, let us put all the talk aside, and ask whatever higher power is in your life to take care of these victims, their fa...

February 22, 2016

While attending a recent wedding, three couples caught my attention, because of the qualities in their relationships. The first was the bride and groom, who were aglow with love and excitement. Their happiness was apparent and infectious.

The second couple was nice enough to one another. They spent the majority of the evening separate and engaged with others. They spent little time together. They were  neither attentive nor unkind toward one another.

The third couple stood out for another reason.  They interacted with people and engaged in the acti...

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