Care Capsule
Capsules of Motivation to Dispense Care and Kindness

Volume 1 - Issue 2
May 1999



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Check Your Story At The Door

Cracked Pots

The "Care Conference"

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Check Your Story
At The Door

Dr. James R. Kok

I was sitting outside the carwash waiting for my Buick to emerge. The guy next to me on the waiting bench reeked with sociability. “How ya’ doing,” he quipped.

Okay, except our dog just died,” I said, since I was full of that sad reality. It was more than I needed to say, since this was destined to be a one-time, fifteen minute relationship. I said it in part to keep the encounter from total superficiality.

Oh, I’ve been through that,” responded my new best friend.And he didn’t stop with this bit of non-empathy. For the next quarter hour, I listened to him about the demise of his two dogs, all the details, from top to bottom. Then his van was announced “ready” and he walked away. “See ya’,” he said.


Check Your Story At The Door” is the second in a series of articles by Dr. James R. Kok on the essentials for a caring person.

A handful of basic tools —wrapped in courage — are the keys to open doors. Dr. Kok believes there are 10-12 key concepts essential of which every caring person should be aware in order to step out as an effective friend and support-person.

They range from “naming the elephant” to “weeping with those that weep”.

Nobody can be un-cheered with a balloon.

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