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”?
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.
Please share any comments you have! If you have a submission of an everyday situation where it’s hard for you to be empathetic or compassionate, write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org