CF100: 2017 10 08 – Critters & Compassion

Each week, the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online,  usually late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.

What was the biggest story of the week?

They came in out of the storm. Critters with 4 legs and fur as well as 6-legged crawly things. Can’t blame them really, no one wants to be out in a storm. Now they are making themselves cozy in our attics and kitchens, workplaces and wallboards. Many Central Floridians, used to managing such things, thought the recent incursion was unique to their own homes. Chatting with others, it is quickly clear that many of us are negotiating with new found roommates.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

Avoiding compassion fatigue is critical for Central Floridians these days. Compassion is sometimes described as the tingling of the heart in response to the pain of another. What can be helpful about this description is that it reminds us that we are not the one actually experiencing the pain. If we forget that and take on the pain ourselves, we lessen our ability to be of help and service. We become easily overwhelmed. If instead, we allow the tingling of our heart to alert us to the needs of others while remembering our own gifts, our capacity for response remains strong.


The series focuses on state and local news.

Read the Sentinel’s introduction to the series

Read my first post on the series.

My posts related to this can be found using the categories in the right sidebar. Click either Central Florida or Current Events.

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