These are two VERY hard things to do. EXTREMELY difficult. So know that I know this as you listen. I still struggle with empathy and compassion. Every day. Whether it’s something connected to my life or when I watch the news, initially my emotions take over and I have a VERY hard time finding that empathy and compassion. It takes time, reading, therapy, podcasts and talking with others to find it again. Especially with evil and unkindness in the world. I had to work hard when a child in Brooklyn’s class was constantly saying unkind things to her. I initially wanted to pull a Rebecca De Mornay from “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” and find that kid on the playground, pull him to the side, and tell him not to F with my daughter. I had to breathe. Talk to people. Have a session with my therapist. I had to find a way to TEACH Brooklyn not only to stick up for herself but to also find empathy and compassion for this child. So that Brooklyn could release the anger. Listen to the full episode here: Listen on Spotify! or here: Listen on Apple Podcasts!

I don’t support many actions or behaviors out there, but how do I move on and not hold on to the anger? The resentment? Sadness? Confusion? How do I grow into a stronger person and avoid crumbling and holding on to feelings that can defeat me? Especially with all that I cannot control in the world. Here are some quotes that resonated with me and may help you with this journey we are all on every day of our lives.

Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgement, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of you’re not alone. – Brene Brown

Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own. – Barbara Kingsolver

I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it. – Maya Angelou

What we don’t realize is that the world does not need more perfection. It needs more compassion and empathy. – Tessa Dare

Mom Card Drawing of the Week: “Listen to the whispers of your heart. Look within.” -Sarah Ban Breathnach

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