Empathy and Sympathy Not the Same

Wanted to take a little break from resilience this month and share a video I ran across. I've been studying empathy and compassion a bit. I came across this video that brilliantly paints a picture between what some people think is empathy, when sympathy is really what it is. The video itself is about 3:54 … Continue reading Empathy and Sympathy Not the Same

The Ugly Side of Resilience

As I've been writing all month about resiliency and all the great things about this great habit that works to make you that way, I began to study the other side. Is it possible that resilience has an ugly side? I assumed it can be like any habit that if over used can be as … Continue reading The Ugly Side of Resilience

9/11 and Resilience

resilience | rəˈzilyəns | (also resiliency) noun 1) the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness: the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions. 2) the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity: nylon is excellent in wearability and resilience. It took me a minute to think about when the best time … Continue reading 9/11 and Resilience

Finding Compassion on the Job

  Just as our own social circles can provide us places to use empathy or build solidarity we need, our work circles can provide the same chances. Today more than ever these are key concepts in business dynamics of high performing teams. In compassion's absence, low performing teams. Putting up with stress and sometimes nonsense … Continue reading Finding Compassion on the Job

Finding a Compassionate Life

Before we can transfer compassion to others, we have to understand it ourselves. We have to understand how to bring  it into perspective and apply it. We live and will continue to live in a world rife with violence, forceful separation from those we love, and war. We are in a desperate need of others … Continue reading Finding a Compassionate Life

GTTW: Live Your Truth

It's there. You're in reaching distance of hitting your best effort. Then it happens. You lose steam and the drive to get there. Sometimes, it's just not possible. At the end of the day, you answer to yourself, no one else. That's the only truth that matters. Lets start with how much we try to … Continue reading GTTW: Live Your Truth

Self-Compassion Is Not Self-Esteem

It's a common mistake made between self-compassion and self-esteem. Just like we can easily swap in error sympathy and empathy which are also very different. Our self-identity is really hard to measure ourselves from our point of view. We sometimes need the feedback or another third party to help us out. I found this test … Continue reading Self-Compassion Is Not Self-Esteem

It’s Just Needed More Than Ever

Compassion: recognizing that the person is in pain (sympathy), feeling the pain of another (empathy), and the authentic desire to alleviate their suffering. As you can guess, we're moving into the compassion deep dive for the theme of this week. In our world environment right now, whether at work or our personal, compassion is an … Continue reading It’s Just Needed More Than Ever