Yesterday delivered a lot of opportunities for me to practice empathizing with others. First I walked in on one of my coworkers crying in the staff room because her dog is very sick and she needed to put him down. I didn't know her well, but I did my best to listen and tell her how lucky he was to have her. Then I visited a student of mine who's been hospitalized and might have brain cancer. She was trying to stay positive, but was understandably scared. Fortunately she believes in a lot of the same spiritual principles I do, so we talked about how she could change her focus to create the best conditions for her to heal and be happy. Comforting others is really not my strong suit, but they both seemed a bit better for me being there, and I suppose that's all we can do sometimes.