Higher Purpose: empathy
by: Gordon Barthel
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I dream of a community that subscribes to a higher purpose, not a higher authority, but a higher purpose, perchance a community that reminds us the greatest gift we can give another human being is our two ears, the priceless gift of simply listening to them tell their story, allowing them to air their frustrations, convey their sorrows, recount their triumphs and reveal their tribulations; a community that reminds us the best gift we can give another human being is simply allowing them to pour out their thoughts and feelings without trying to solve their problems, placate their frustrations or vanquish their sorrows, simply listening to them complain about life’s endless challenges without chastising them or patronizing them; a community that reminds us that sometimes the most important gift we can give another human being is simply listening to them tell their story however they desire.
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