Outstanding Articles and Books
- Where Soul Meets Skin
- Life Lessons: Aparigraha (non-grasping)
- The Not Knowing Path of Being an Entrepreneur
- Why I Spent 10 Days Far, Far Away
- On Professional Envy
- The Single Best Way to Embrace Fear
- Happiness is Everywhere
- Blogging, Bean Counting, and Social Networking
- Why I’m Taking on Project 333
I’ve been reading and inspired by The Four Agreements, A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.
The Heart of March: Empathy
Writing a brief monthly review helps me to celebrate my accomplishments and stay focused on what really counts. Sharing my review may inspire you to be more intentional too.
Your world stops in a certain way when you suddenly become fragile, infirm, disabled, or weak, while the rest of humanity dances on barely noticing. You can’t help but wonder whether you will ever improve. A part of you yearns for “normal life” to begin spinning again. But what if it never changed?
People with chronic illness and disability often live in the shadows, unnoticed by the busy, healthy vibrant ones. Facing continuous physical challenges, of one sort or the other, over the past two months has opened a door into greater empathy. It’s also been an appropriate reminder that nothing endures, and, therefore, I should not take anything for granted.
I’m a sensitive person, but honestly I find empathy easier in the abstract, and harder to remember when I’m embroiled with the busyness of daily life. Is that the case for you, too? My wish for April is to bring empathy alive more often in my face-to-face encounters. I aspire to see both the humanness and the divine in each person I meet. I realize this takes determination and practice.
Despite my minor physical blips, life managed to pull me along. I’m in a big transition, preparing to move to a smaller house and learning more about caring for the land.
Flavor of the Month: topsy-turvy
How was your March? What did you learn this past month?
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Image: Richard Bartz