deficiencies or capacities?

Ask people to work not from their deficiencies but their capacities. Especially when we are in helping mode. We do not want others dependent upon us, clinging: we risk not being able to move from dragging their weight. Moreover, this atrophies their capacities. Exercise capacities. This can challenge us because we think we have all their answers. We don’t. They do. So when we think we are asking them to exercise their capacities, we are exercising our own: the difficult capacity of shutting up, getting out of the way, offering our answers, letting others fall and pick themselves up.

:- Doug.

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