Empathy

Put yourself in my shoes. We are often invited to take a mile-long walk in shoes that aren’t our own — maybe during an argument, maybe in the midst of a discussion or explanation, but always during matters of perspective. And that is the key. Perspective. Everyone’s is different, and, so is the invitation to test the other side out. But, how often do we actually do it? How often are we able to really put ourselves in that person’s place? The invitation itself is a difficult one to RSVP to. First of all, we must take into consideration the
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Language

By their very nature, words are specific. Some may have several meanings, different connotations, and minor shifts in feel depending on the context of their use, but, for the most part, “Table” never means “Chair” or vice versa. However, these are only words. If I live in a house occupied by only a table, I might learn to use it as a chair, or, perhaps, if I only have chairs, I may learn to use them as beds, shelves, and even company. This, though, is us. Even in these circumstances, the chair remains a chair. The nature and essence of
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How Big Is Your “But?”

Is your BUT too big? Billy slammed his hand into the board again. It still wouldn’t break. His eyes, face and hand were the same crimson colour. Between expectations, frustrations, and impact, Billy’s mind, spirit, and body were all taking a beating. We all relate to this situation, whether through personal goals, relationships, business, our own expectations, and desires. We also know someone who asks us for help and counters every idea with, “Yeah but the problem is….” How often have you heard, or said, that? Recently, I was speaking with a friend who was not where he wanted to
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