Do or Say Unto Others ...

There has been much said and written about Robin Williams and the sad and shocking details of his death. I have nothing further to say on whether he took the right option, made the right decision, whether he was strong or weak. He did what he did because of his pain. I've never felt that kind of pain and can't even imagine it. So I can't judge, as so many feel they can. He was a wonderful actor, comedian and from what I've read, a good human being....more

Sometimes It Takes a Little Fairy Dust

While Nancy was adjusting the drip rate of the IV, she looked down and noticed the contents of the medicine cup on her patient's bedside table.  It contained a small, somewhat bloody tooth."What have we here?" she exclaimed, looking down at Amanda's wan little face."It's my tooth.  I lost it when that new nurse was helping me brush my teeth this morning.  She said I had to save it to show my mom."...more

Hard Lessons About Compassion

I consider myself to be a pretty compassionate person. I try hard to not react too strongly to anything without giving myself time to let intense emotions pass, and I work hard to put myself in the shoes of other people.  If I hear myself making some judgment about another human being, I can often stop myself in my tracks and try to identify what it is that I'm feeling, what might be driving that need to distance myself or put someone in a box. ...more

How To Keep Your Heart Open When You’re Angry

It’s easy to talk about opening your heart when everyone is getting along....more

His Best Gift

The routine for business trips with my dearest is during the day he goes off to do whatever it is he does and I wander the streets without a chaperone. In Toronto this means navigating through the heart of Bay street on the way to the real world. Tailored suits, really shiny shoes and an atmosphere thick with excitement, expensive cologne and entitlement....more

Life Swap

I overheard a couple of managers at the supermarket talking while I was picking out bread. One was suggesting to the other that instead of “Wife Swap,” there ought to be a show called “Life Swap” where people have to switch jobs and circumstances and bills.I couldn’t help but interject, “That is such a good idea!”“I know, right?” one of the guys said.“Yeah, it could be really interesting.”“And it might not,” the other guy replied....more

Crosspost: Praise It!

Just Get Over it? Let's Try Compassion Instead

I’ve seen a meme going around in recent months that chaps my ass a little too much. The one that says everyone has problems and if we’re upset or depressed to just suck it up and get over it. In my not so humble opinion, I feel it suggests we don’t care about each other as human beings, as people with genuine feelings. Instead of compassion and empathy, we tell people to get over whatever is bothering them....more

Be Kind: We're All Living in the Gap

She asked for a pencil and paper. We were at my husband's office visiting, and she developed an urgent need for writing implements. We handed them over, and Aaron and I continued our conversation. Then we both noticed that she had one of his books open, and it looked like she might be writing in it! She wasn't. She was copying down the Arabic alphabet from a graph in the book. Her initiative, her drive, her curiosity, her thirst for knowledge and understanding never cease to amaze me. Of course, I took a picture. ...more
Love this! Thank you for talking about the gap.more

Day 28: Compassion

     And so this evening after completing yoga,  I felt called out to my labyrinth, as I have on many evenings.  I know I have written about it many times in the past 28 days (Wow! That's one moon cycle!)  I did not figure on my labyrinth being so prominent in this writing practice.  And yet it is....more