Be Empathetic Not Sympathetic

Written by Steve Davis


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This stance is one of understanding and one that placesrepparttar responsibility for gettingrepparttar 126187 necessary help inrepparttar 126188 hands ofrepparttar 126189 person who needs it. Donít rescue! Many people playrepparttar 126190 victim role so that others can playrepparttar 126191 rescuer role. Give peoplerepparttar 126192 opportunity to findrepparttar 126193 strength they need and you will both gain.

Practice Empathy

Practice using empathyrepparttar 126194 next time youíre in a situation where someone is suffering emotionally. Assuming this person is an otherwise functional and healthy human being, be present with them in an effort to understand what you might be feeling in a similar situation. Donít try to have their feelings. Instead, trust that they haverepparttar 126195 inner resources necessary to solve their problems and to getrepparttar 126196 help they need to move forward. Let them feel their feelings, express their concerns, and shed their tears. Donít try to fix anything for them. Just be with them with your heart open and with an inner and outer certainty that theirís is just one perception of their current reality and that they will find strength in your silent witness to their temporary fantasy of limitation.

Aboutrepparttar 126197 Author: Steve Davis, M.A., M.S., is an Facilitator's Coach, Infoprenuer, and free-lance human, helping facilitators, organizational leaders, educators, trainers, coaches and consultants present themselves confidently, access their creativity, empower their under-performing groups, enhance their facilitation skills, and build their business online and offline. Subscribe to his free weekly ezine at www.MasterFacilitatorJournal.com.

About the Author: Steve Davis, M.A., M.S., is an Facilitator's Coach, Infoprenuer, and free-lance human, helping facilitators, organizational leaders, educators, trainers, coaches and consultants present themselves confidently, access their creativity, empower their under-performing groups, enhance their facilitation skills, and build their business online and offline. Subscribe to his free weekly ezine at www.MasterFacilitatorJournal.com.


Counterfeit Love

Written by Joyce C. Lock


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Some speak most eloquent words of love. Fewer show it in their lives. But, whatever they speak, actions speak even louder.

Surely, God must prefer to disassociate from situations where people misuse words that describe His character. And, wherever He isn't, it isn't love.

It is impossible to love until we (know God and) begin to love others as He loves us, because God is love and it's His Spirit that loves through us (1 John 4:8, 12b-13). Anything less is counterfeit.

© by Joyce C. Lock http://my.homewithgod.com/blessingsandlessons/ This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

In addition to being a published author and poet, Joyce C. Lock created the religion column, "Christianity Made Simple" for Peru Daily Tribune, continues to write inspirational articles for area newspapers, and shares further in online and e-mail ministries.


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