Audacious Compassion 007 – I’m Sorry This Is Happening

How does compassion look when you’re powerless to fix a situation? How do you avoid just repeating, “That’s rough. I’m sorry this is happening”?

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This episode is driven by a letter we received from a friend of the show:

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to handle situations where someone is in trouble, in a bad situation, et cetera, but there is literally nothing I can do about it. There are only so many ways to say “that’s really rough; I’m sorry this is happening to you”.  For example: a student fails a class, delaying their graduation; a coworker’s marriage is ending; or someone is in financial trouble beyond what I can assist.

We also talk about I Am a Strange Loop and Born a Crime, and the Non-Violent Communication feelings list (pdf).

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