Stop Silver-lining It

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REAL TALK with Ophelia Rigualt

Stop Silver-lining It

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I have no problem with you seeing the bright sides of things, or being optimistic or having a positive personality. I am a very positive person.

However, when we don't let others sit with their pain, share their pain - and rush to put a fancy bow on their pain - we are 'SILVER-LINING IT". We do this for a variety of reasons.

When we insist on finding the silver lining to a deep sorrow in someone, we are actually robbing ourselves and of the opportunity to build connection and empathy - instead, we build disconnection and distrust.

“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another.” – Alfred Adler.

“You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.” – John Steinbeck.

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa.