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Tuesday
Nov182014

3 Ways to Be Compassionate

In the organizing industry, there’s one trait that is regularly mentioned as a desired quality for professional organizers to possess. It’s compassion. Recently I read a Real Simple article that talked about compassion. What’s encouraging is that we can increase our “CQ” at any time. It begins with awareness.

 

 

 

 

3 Ways to Be Compassionate


Small Gestures
People are hurting all around us. We can’t fix every situation, but simple acts of support can make a difference. One of my friends stopped by with a container of chicken soup and chocolate bars to lift my spirits during a rough time.


Power of Touch
When someone is distressed, we might not always have the right words. Dr. Helen Riess, suggests that if appropriate a hug, pat, or hand squeeze can be another way to show your support and compassion.


Acknowledgement
We might not always agree with our loved ones, but acknowledging how they feel, and being able to see their perspective is what compassion is about. It’s the glue that holds relationships together.


What resonates with you? How is compassion present in your life? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join our conversation.

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (7)

Wonderful post for us for all year long and especially this season. The power of compassion connects us all. I like to think of these simple things too. The power of listening is amazing!

November 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

And sometimes if we don't know what to do or what to say, we can accompany to those who are passing through a rough time, even saving words.

November 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

This reminds me of the Five Love Languages book, which talks about showing love (and compassion!) in a way that the person will really feel it. Some of us like touch, some like words, some like quality time, some like acts of service, and some like gifts! Of course, we all enjoy them all, but each of us actually has an internal preference. For me, its words. I love when someone verbally affirms how I am feeling, so I try to show empathy that way as well.

November 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

In this age of entitlement it's particularly important to remember to listen and put yourself in the other person's shoes. Being really present while you listen and engaged in the conversation let's the other person know that you are truly there for them.

November 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

I think for me compassion starts by putting your self in their shoes. Even if you are not close to a person you can reach out with a shared experience. I lost my mother when I was 29, if I hear someone has lost their mother, although the situations are unique the feelings are the same, I reach out.

November 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Being fully present and silent. Quiet companionship. Sometimes all the support that is needed is physical presence.

November 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Blumer

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about compassion. Just reading your comments I feel calmer and more centered.

@Ellen- Compassion as a connector. Love that!

@Nacho- Nice. Being together without talking as a way to show compassion.

@Seana- Remember reading the "Five Love Languages" years ago and learning so much. So important to understand how others feel loved, so that we can let them know they are loved in ways that are meaningful to them.

@Diane- The gifts of listening and empathy… beautiful.

@Jill- Compassion by way of empathy and extending yourself. Lovely.

@Anne- What a beautiful term: "quiet companionship," and the support that is felt by one's physical presence.

Thank you all for these treasures.

November 18, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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