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Consistent Compassion

Netzach of Tiferet

Hi everyone, Jordan Drayer, the savvy millennial voice actress whose compassion is enduring. Today is two weeks and four days of the Omer. Please continue to like and share!

Today is Netzach of Tiferet, the endurance of compassion or balance. This one is straight-forward; is your compassion consistent? Do you show the same compassion to every person, regardless of age, ethnicity, orientation, and gender? Society in general does not, but we need to change this at the grassroots level, which means you and I starting this right now.

Can you be compassionate even when you're really busy with other things? Like if you have some deadlines to meet, do you still have time to listen to your friend cry about a break-up or even a sudden death in the family?

If that was me, I'd try to set aside some time to listen, if I had say six hours until the deadline, then encourage them to talk to someone else or say, "I can call back at this time." If there was only one hour before the deadline, I'd tell them I'm really sorry but that I'd call back in an hour.

Sometimes you'll see - well, all the time - reviews of restaurants that are wildly different. Several people give five stars; they loved the service and the server! Then others give one star, saying the service was horrible, that they were ignored or treated badly. Of course, some people are needier than others when it comes to restaurants.

Some need their water always filled to the top every time they take a sip. Others wait for the water to be all the way empty, cover the cup when the waiter tries to refill, and don't mind being allowed to sit and wait for food.

But somehow, even on busy nights, the service needs to be consistent towards every patron. Even if some come away thinking the service only merited one star, at least you can be sure you as the server did your best to be good to everyone. Here's an example of "you can't please everyone," and while compassion is all about responding to the other's needs, sometimes knowing you did your best is fine.

If they complain on the websites about your bad service, then be compassionate in your response to them, apologize and describe how busy the restaurant was, but be compassionate with yourself as well, because you did your best to attend to everyone.

Consistent compassion. What can we do today? Maybe if you did something unusually nice yesterday, do it again today, like holding doors open. Or in the middle of your busy day, call someone that needs a compassionate word. Support someone as best you can in their unpopular opinion, at least by saying, "you are heard." Good luck and see you tomorrow.

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