Aging and empathy

Water Grave Vietnam   We’ve put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it. ~Frank A. Clark

The other day, I attended a concert with my husband. The venue was intimate (small), but well suited for the event. I have incredibly diverse taste in music, and this concert featured Mozart not Nickelback, Prince or Beck.

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International Day of Compassion

Patch Adams“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.“
Lao Tzu

This post is dedicated to Dr. Patch Adams, a man who is compassion in human form.

Empathy, Sympathy, and Compassion are often used interchangeably – although intertwined, they are not one and the same.

Empathy is the ability to understand and relate to an emotion, situation or circumstance. As an asthmatic, you could empathize with the physical and mental frustration another asthmatic feels during an attack. Sympathy would allow you to feel sorrow for another one’s loss, such as in death, or perhaps divorce. Compassion is where empathy and sympathy blend together in a way that compels you to DO something to alleviate that which caused the emotion.

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