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Values, empathy and caring.

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

It has been a cold and wet week and even more rain is expected in the Western Cape on Tuesday, nevertheless everyone is back at school, with masks on and sanitised hands. I trust that you are all still healthy. Fortunately, spring is on the way.

Character tips that work:

Linking back to a previous post, the emphasis again falls on the value empathy/caring:

  • Empathy and caring means that teachers are aware of learners’ needs, fears and feelings of isolation and depression and will assist or refer them to a professional person as needed.

  • Make a concerted effort to be more considerate, more empathic and less critical, toward learners and colleagues. Remember, we all deal with crises in different ways.

  • Practise empathy and caring towards others and yourself. Be kind to yourself and others during the pandemic.

Character quotations:

  • “As silver is refined in the fire and gold in the furnace, so man’s character is formed in the difficult school of life.” Proverbs 27:21

  • “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold [to separate the impurities of the metal], And each is tested by the praise given to him [and his response to it, whether humble or proud].” Proverbs 27:21 (Amplified)

  • “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” - Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird

  • “I believe that what we regret most are our failures of courage, whether it’s the courage to be kinder, to show up, to say how we feel, to set boundaries, to be good to ourselves. For that reason, regret can be the birthplace of empathy.” - Brené Brown

  • “Empathic presence involves listening to someone’s pain with what I call the five A’s: attention, acceptance, appreciation, affection and allowing. - David Richo

  • “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” - Augusta F. Kantra

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