06/05/14  I was at an event the other day and politely listened to two people talk about how their friend was ruining her life. “If I was her,” one said, “I wouldn’t have done it that way.” The other person nodded and added, “She should have known better.” I thought back to the number of times I heard similar comments or said them myself, assuming that my perspective on life should be accepted by others. I think we often make judgments about other people’s behaviors without understanding the circumstances surrounding them. I wonder how our lives would be different if “should,” “ought to,”, and “if I were her,” disappeared from our conversations and thoughts.

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I am an author of eight books in four languages. LESSONS FOR THE LIVING: STORIES OF FORGIVENESS, GRATITUDE AND COURAGE AT THE END OF LIFE is my memoir of being a bedside hospice volunteer for six years while battling prostate cancer. My next book, LEANING INTO SHARP POINTS: PRACTICAL GUIDANCE AND NURTURING SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS will be published in March, 2012 by New World Library and focus on caregiving for loved ones who have a progressive or terminal illness.