Compassion Fatigue

Dear Wombat and Dingbat,

Do you two ever experience compassion fatigue? The children being separated from their parents at our border make me incredibly mad, but at the same time, I’m feeling a cold, stunned disbelief kicking in. This can’t possibly be happening, can it? I want to stay present, but I don’t want the constant anger in my life….

Sincerely, WTAF

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Modifying Messy

Dear Wombat and Dingbat,

How do I get my husband to put his dishes in the dishwasher? Or pick up his socks? Or take out the trash? Or in general, not be a slob, and not treat me like a maid? I’ve gone on strike and all that happens is he gets grouchy and my house gets disgusting. HELP!!

-Miserable in Maryland

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A Neat Street

Dear Wombat and Dingbat,

Our block is quite orderly and well-trimmed BUT there is one household that never mows their lawn. Well, maybe twice a summer. Car parked on lawn. Unsightly. And no one ever sees the inhabitants. Well, maybe very occasionally. Someone in my household has suggested making a sign, and planting it the problem yard in the middle of the night, that says “Free Dandelions! U-Pick.” Do you think this would be helpful?

–A Neat Street

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What to Believe

Dear Wombat and Dingbat, 

I have read and strongly believe that discussion with people, and hearing out different opinions is a great way to learn more, develop empathy, and broaden your horizons. I have found however that it can get rather overwhelming and confusing when you are trying to develop your OWN opinion.  How does one reconcile learning to consider the wisdom of others, with *also* learning to strengthen one’s own inner voice?

Listening Too Hard

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Never Wrong

Dear Wombat and Dingbat,

How does one love a person who is never wrong? Because they are never wrong, they don’t apologize or say they are sorry. It’s never their fault! Any suggestions are much appreciated.

Sometimes Right

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