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Welcome to Day 16 of the IN AWE 21-Day Challenge! Today we spark inspiration, meaning and joy by embracing EMPATHY.

CHALLENGE: On day 15 we talked about accepting ourselves. Today, we focus on accepting others.

INSPIRATION: A few years ago a video was shared with me and I have not stopped thinking about it. “World Apart: An Experiment” is a Heineken commercial and a real-world example of empathetic listening in action. Take a few minutes to watch:

ACTION: Send this video to a loved one who has a different view than you on a hot topic (politics, religion, etc.). Include in your text or email: “I care about you, I’d like to have a beer via FaceTime (or whatever tool you are using to connect while social distancing) and discuss [topic that you disagree on].”

This one may take a day or two to happen – so send the invitation now and come back to share about your experience after in the comments below or on social media, tagging me and using #InAwe. Everyday until publication (5/5), I’ll pick one person who does to win a copy of IN AWE to gift to a neighbor, favorite barista or as a random act of kindness (because you’ve already preordered copies for yourself, friends + family, right? :).

My friends, today is your day! Live IN AWE.
John O’Leary


Did you know? 
The 21-Day IN AWE Challenge is inspired by John’s forthcoming book IN AWE. Preorder your copy + follow all the fun behind the scenes at ReadInAwe.com.

 

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  • Marie-Josée
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    I shared this excellent video with my brother. I am not quite sure if he got the double sense here… I wrote him that I would love to have a beer with him to discuss. He replied that He also would like to have a beer with me and that it was a nice video…

    • John O'Leary
      Reply

      Love this!

  • Jill Startin
    Reply

    I feel that doing this is electronically went differently than in person – less effective but still useful. I feel I may have frustrated the person more which was disheartening. This was in regards to hatred towards our president.

    • John O'Leary
      Reply

      Jill, thank you for sharing and for courageously having this conversation. The feedback is helpful because we certainly don’t want to set anyone up for difficulties if this doesn’t work well digitally. Perhaps reach back out, with a simple, “I love you and wanted to have that conversation because I care so much about you. If it came across any other way, I apologize and hope we can try again when we aren’t tied to conversing only over technology!” Keep us posted and thanks for living inspired, my friend. J

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