On Presence Over Problem-Solving

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What are you learning right now?

I’m learning- probably re-learning- that you can’t always solve everybody’s problems or remove their suffering the way you wish you could. If you have a strong impulse to help others, it can be really frustrating to just have to be a witness to their pain without being able to remove it.

I’m learning, that in spite of that, you can still look for ways to serve compassionately. You might not be able to remove someone’s pain, but you can go above and beyond when it comes to adding joy, love, and presence. Being a problem-solver is a good thing, but it isn’t everything. 

Philippe Lazaroon1