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Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion

Friday, February 26th, 2016


Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion are three words which are often misunderstood or misinterpreted.
There’s a time and place when each of them is appropriate.


You should have sympathy for a person (or animal) that is in a painful condition through no fault of his or her own, and not in a position to alleviate the pain without help.
Sympathy is a feeling of care and concern for someone, often someone close, accompanied by a wish to see him better off or happier. It is not the same as pity.


Empathy is often confused with pity, sympathy, and compassion, which are each reactions to the plight of others.
Empathy is knowing that some momentary pain will result in a long time benefit. Doctors for example, must have empathy, not sympathy for their patients.


Compassion is like empathy on steroids. Compassion is putting yourself into the shoes of an innocent person that is suffering from an inescapable situation that nobody can do anything about at the moment, such as a child living in a war zone.

When you exude the appropriate feelings for others, you help them even when you can’t directly. I once heard my good friend Wally (famous) Amos describe his feelings when a loud siren in Waikiki interrupts the solitude he is enjoying. He say’s to himself, “Somebody is in distress and help is on the way.” That has stuck with me for many years.


Thursday, May 21st, 2015


It’s a Waste!
In Success Made Easy I suggest that you “Get rid of the snooze buttons in your life.” I think that the “Snooze Button” is one of the worst, yet most popular inventions ever. Everyone knows how they work; you decide what time you need to get up and then set the alarm six minutes earlier than that so you can get another six minutes of sleep after it goes off. Some people set it 12 minutes earlier to allow an added 12 minutes.


Deep Sleep
Chances are that you were in a deep sleep when the alarm rang and while hitting the snooze button may appear to feel good, the reality is that it won’t be the same as another six minutes of true “deep sleep” would be.


Six, 12, 18, 24 or More
Most, if not all snooze buttons are set at six minutes allowing one to sleep another six, twelve 18 or more hours. I have found that I am better off setting the alarm for the time I NEED TO get up and then GET UP when it goes off, regardless how much I might feel like staying in bed.


Just Hanging!
Unless you have nothing better to do than hang out all day, like some creatures I know, then time spent getting a jump on the day is a better way to go. And in that case there’s no need for an alarm clock at all.

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