Giving with Compassion and Empathy

celebration nourish yourself Dec 08, 2021

December and Christmas are synonymous with giving and helping people in need. As much as giving is a way of connecting to other people, it is also a way for you to connect with yourself. You often learn a lot about yourself when you shift your focus from your own needs to someone else’s.

This however, can only happen if your own cup is full. As Rumi said once, “Never give from the depth of your will, give from your overflow”.

As we are approaching the end of the year, you might find yourself interacting with a lot more people, and you might come across many people who you want to help. This is a good time to practice giving with empathy and trying to really put yourself in someone else’s shoes. This is a very important skill to develop as a leader and it will help you build stronger and deeper relationships with others.

Watch this incredible short clip from Mayo Clinic to understand the power of practicing empathy and being able to see and feel the world from someone else’s point of view.

Also, be mindful that this is not a joyful time for everyone. For a lot of people, this is a time that reminds them of a loved one who has passed away or a tragic event that they are not quite over it yet.

If you are one of those people who find the end of the year a difficult time, it is important that you acknowledge your own needs during this time and give to yourself with compassion and empathy. Use this time of the year to grow your inner resources. Check in with yourself daily and be attuned to what kind of support you need.

You might find this old blog post about Emotional Agility  helpful to make the most of this time of the year, and make sure you set yourself up for a great year ahead.

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