When you look up at someone you light up their brain and start synchronising with them. And we each have the power to rewire both our brains, and those of the people we interact with.
It can hurt to go through life with your heart open, but not as much as it does to go through life with your heart closed.
Every time we diverge from the taken for granted way of being in the workforce and enact more compassion it is an act of mighty resistance. This is what it means to be a revolutionary.
What’s the strongest predictor of patient mortality rates? The % of staff working in well structured teams that have clear objectives and that meet regular and whose members work closely and effectively together.
One of the criticisms I’ve faced over the years is that I’m not aggressive or assertive enough…or maybe because I’m empathetic I’m weak. I totally rebel against that. I refuse to believe that you cannot be compassionate and strong.
Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
Compassionate people ask for what they need. They so no when they need to, and when they say yes they mean it. They’re compassionate because their boundaries keep them out of resentment.
True compassion requires empathy: the ability to see the other’s worldview. Sympathy and posturing power plays masquerade as empathy for those looking to check a box. Creating change is much more.
Does it have to take tragedy, or a disaster for us to feel deeply connected as one species?
A revolution calls for people to take action and make change.
This is that call to action.
We urgently need to build a world where we are supported and encouraged to notice the distress in ourselves and others and act to alleviate that distress with the support from those around us.