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Day 19: Practice Compassion Over 'Proper' Social Norms


March 19, 2013

While it might not happen often, think of the times that you've seen someone fall, only to quickly look around, embarrassed, and scamper off. Or the times you've seen someone crying or just very clearly having a hard day. Do we ask what's wrong or if they're okay? And when we do, how many times do we genuinely want to know, or are we just trying to be polite? What I'm trying to get at is that I think, as a society, we've created this barrier between ourselves and others. Somewhere along the way, it became inappropriate to genuinely want to know if people were alright when they looked upset because somehow caring got turned into being nosy, which got turned into 'mind your own business'. But for me, I think we're facing a Catch 22; the less we ask, the less we really will come to care. So next time you see a stranger or a friend looking a little down, sure it might be a tad awkward at first, but giving your time and opening your heart to them might be exactly what they need.



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