How do we begin to listen with empathy, not with apathetic uncaring demeanor nor with smothering, “poor you, pity you” messages? First, we can begin with Stephen Covey’s most quoted phrase of “seek first to understand the other.” It is the seeking that is key to offering our attention and presence.
bounce back, bouncing back, strength, grit, flourish,
First, let’s eliminate the phrase work life because surely work is part of life and a significant part of it, for that matter.
•What is the worst work related experience you’ve endured?
•How did you cope?
•Looking back, what did you learn?
Questions to ask yourself to strengthen your resilience.
Have you had days when you thought a sneeze would blow you over? You felt dis-stressed, depressed or plain worn out. I have had days from burnt toast to a family member crashing his car that exhausted me. I’ve asked myself, We can bounce back more easily when we have developed some everyday grit or resilience. The end result of building resilience is that we have increased strength, skills and adaptability to handle life’s pains, strains and challenges. We are able to bounce back.