Empathia Blog

 

Endure Less, Enjoy More

On a recent car ride, our family noticed a big shaggy dog hanging halfway out the window of the car driving next to us. Everything about this dog represented complete and utter enjoyment. With absolute abandon, our furry friend let his tongue hang out, his nose sniffed the air rushing past him, and his eyes […]
 
 
 

Believe In Your Children, Believe In Yourself

As a mother of young children, it can be easy to second guess every decision you make – “Are they getting enough sleep?; Should I buy the organic cereal?; Does that cough need to be seen by the doctor?” It’s even easier to judge other parents for the decisions they make – “Helicopter parent much?; […]
 
 
 

What Is The Defect of Your Virtue?

Everyone comes to a point in their life when it’s time to leave something behind and move on to a new thing. By the time we are adults, we’re already experienced with making these transitions, but even with experience, a time of change and a move away from the certain and familiar into the untried […]
 
 
 

What’s the Rush?

Recently, my mother-in-law needed help to decipher a phone number left on her answering machine. The message was from a representative at a landscape contractor scheduled to do some work outside her home. I sat with her and listened to the message at least ten times, trying to understand the phone number left by the […]
 
 
 

A Little Bit Goes a Long Way

There is nothing particularly profound or earth-shaking in this blog post, to be honest. Just a little reminder of something that we should all know, but which is easy to overlook. Recently, I ran across an article online called “Even the Smallest Acts of Generosity Make You Happier, New Study Reveals.” Its thesis is pretty […]
 
 
 

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

I was driving along one day and noticed a bumper sticker on the car in front of me, “Don’t believe everything you think”. It hit me like a brick, as it was at a time in my life when I was challenging many of my thoughts. I hadn’t really thought about it as succinctly as […]
 
 
 

Share Goodness

At a recent community meeting I attended, the leader encouraged us to turn to people near us and exchange pleasantries. I said hello to a gentleman I had never met before and asked him how he was doing. To my surprise, he replied with an extremely honest answer. He told me he was far from […]
 
 
 

Saying “No” Now to Avoid Resentment Later

We have all over-committed at one time or another. It can happen by accident, of course. However, if you notice your automatic answer is generally “yes,” it might be time to reevaluate your resources before taking on any further commitments. Accurately assessing what you are able to give can allow you to do so generously […]
 
 
 

Bye, Bye Bikini Body and Other Thoughts on Body Positivity

Taryn Brumfitt, you are my hero! Taryn is a documentary film maker. Her film, Embrace, is a must-see for anyone looking to boost their body positivity. In it, she travels the globe, meeting with women who are actively promoting body acceptance, self-esteem, and defying pop culture appearance norms. She shares her message through frank honesty. […]
 
 
 

The Challenges of Goal Setting

From time to time, all of us set for ourselves a new goal or take on a new challenge, and too often we don’t achieve what we want to. There may be as many reasons for this as there are individuals, but often we either don’t make a plan for what we want or we […]