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A Shoulder to Sleep On or To Cry On?

shutterstock_110568677(2)Empathy, we all need some!

Some to give and some to get: No Excuses – Empathy Needed

Empathy: What’s Your description?! Here’s an on-line dictionary’s description:

“The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.”

I like to think of empathy according to an ancient verse: “Rejoice with people who rejoice; Weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15)

Examples that produce empathy: 1 Headline from Cnn. Another from Huffington Post:

“Death Toll likely exceeds 1,000 after typhoon slams Philippines”

“Sleeping Stranger Subway Picture on Q Train Defines Empathy and Is a Lesson In Being Good”

(You can check out/read on-line those articles IF You choose for further details.)

All of us: Partners, Caregivers, Friends, BreathingFragileLife have two shoulders.

How will we use our shoulders today?!

Can we be that shoulder to cry on? Can we be that shoulder to sleep on? Can we exercise empathy? Can we show unselfish loving-kindness to one another? Can we offer practical assistance to those in need?

(We are all in need of a shoulder!)

Love, Joy, Peace (and Strong Shoulders) to All!🙂

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A Shoulder to Sleep On or To Cry On?

Joan Winifred

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Winifred, J. (2013). A Shoulder to Sleep On or To Cry On?. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 17, 2019, from


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