Focusing on Patience and Empathy This Thanksgiving l The Friday 3: November 19, 2021
It's the week before Thanksgiving! This Thanksgiving...
1) I'm learning...
to be more patient.
In my work life, for example, I pitched a client to the media back in June and got no response. Like a good PR rep, I followed up a couple times and tried different angles, but no luck. So I just left it alone. “Must not be meant to be,” I thought to myself. Then, five months later, I was contacted by the producer for a booking! This reminded me that, at times, I am not very patient and could benefit from practicing the virtue of patience. Put your best self forward, be patient, and good things will come back to you.
They say there’s an app for everything, and guess what? I found 3 of them that can help us be more patient, more centered, and more mindful. You can take a look at them here:
Headspace - A personal meditation guide
Personal Zen - A science-based app created to reduce stress and anxiety
Happify - An app to build resilience and improve mental health
2) I'm wondering...
how many virtues there are.
It turns out there's more than 70 of them! Maybe, this week, we can take a look at the list and see which ones we'd like to work on.
3) I'm remembering...
how much I appreciated Brene Brown''s animated video on empathy.
Social psychologist Brene Brown says empathy can help us lead better and happier lives. Here she explains the difference between what it means to be sympathetic and what it means to be empathic. Which one would you rather be?
Check out her video here and see what you think.
This Thanksgiving, you may be heading to see family you haven’t seen since COVID began, like me. I started wondering “how to be” with my brother and his family, who I haven’t seen in over a year. I said to myself: “This year, maybe I’ll be a little more patient,” or “maybe I will be more empathic,” but then I decided to just be “present.” Afterall, I believe the greatest gift we can give another person is our 100% undivided attention. We learn this in therapy school. It’s called unconditional positive regard, and this way of being intimate with another was first coined by the founder of humanistic psychology, Carl Rogers.
So, as we gather for Thanksgiving this year, maybe we can be a little more patient or a little more empathic, but most of all, let’s be present. Because to be present is the greatest gift of all.
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