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Sunday, February 22, 2015


Gregory, since almost the beginning of his journey with Alzheimer's, has had this quote posted on his bedside nightstand (it is still there and notice I have kept my misspelled COMPASSION.) The quote is one of the first things I framed and hung on the wall next to Gregory's bed at Lieberman. We review it together often and hopefully it has been an inspiration as well to the Lieberman Staff.

My posts over the time since he as been at Lieberman have talked about the joy and love that I receive from so many of the residents who are now part of Gregory's "family." Today is Entertainment Sunday when I get to see many of our Fifth Floor Family but also many of the residents on other floors with whom I have become friendly. Sure enough, this horoscope speaks loudly to what I experience when I am with Gregory and our new Family.

February 22, 2015
Compassion by Feeling
Aries Daily Horoscope
Feelings of profound empathy can touch you deeply today, inspiring you to take action in the ongoing, worldwide fight against suffering. As you see the scope of pain that afflicts those who are less fortunate than yourself, your ability to understand these individuals’ emotional challenges can help you direct your charitable efforts toward those causes that can benefit most from your aid. You may feel a strong sense of camaraderie while interacting with those on the receiving end of your love and support today. If you remember that your circumstances are blessings that you have been given, you will likely feel no hesitation as you share your resources, time, and talents with others.

It is a simple matter to integrate compassionate action into our everyday lives when we make an effort to understand how anguish and need impact the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. When we choose to expose ourselves to the full impact of poverty and pain, we begin to understand the profound effects these disadvantages have on those who labor under them. We feel not only the pangs of our own compassion, but also the intense emotions experienced by these less fortunate individuals. This empathy becomes the catalyst that compels us to put aside our own cares in order to focus on charitable, loving endeavors that will eventually improve the lot of people who need our help. Your understanding of the challenges that others face will inspire you to take action against the plight of those who suffer today. 

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