How about this for a resolution?

So…. Any new year’s resolutions out there? No? Probably just as well. Who keeps those things anyway?

Still, there’s something to be said for trying to improve one’s life. One area a lot of people (including the author of this piece) could stand a bit of improvement in is empathy. This has to do with sharing – or at least somewhat understanding – the other person’s feelings and motivations.

On the whole we’re pretty quick to judge and condemn. Looking at things from another point of view can soften those reactions.

It doesn’t mean condoning bad behaviour. But it does or can result in regarding the offending party as a human being, rather than as an alien deserving of the noose.

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