A Lesson in Empathy

Peace on Earth

What do you know about empathy? My guess is very little, many people go through life genuinely not caring about anybody but themselves; you might change your mind after watching/reading this.

The woman in front of you at the gas station, you know the one, the one who looks fed up with life. She just lost her father to a seven year battle with cancer.

Your boss just found out her husband is cheating on her.

The man who just cut you off in traffic just lost his job.

The waiter who forgot to bring you extra salad dressing just got triple sat on a Saturday night.

The mother you bumped into on the way out of school just found out her son has a tumor.

The barista who spent the past five years steaming the milk for your coffee just found out her student loan got denied.

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” Og Mandino

What is Empathy?

Empathy is the ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide our actions. This is what makes it different from kindness of pity. Not to be confused with the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” As said by George Bernard Shaw, “Do not do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Empathy is all about discovering those tastes.

Everyone, You Meet is Fighting A Hard Battle

The following video produced by the Cleveland Clinic is about what is going on in the hearts and minds of people in a hospital. Do yourself a favor watch this video and when you get done watching it watch it again and again and again until you realize what it is all about.

Watch the video and share it with others around you. Please note this video is not just about hospitals, it is about every scenario of everyday life.

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” Henry David Thoreau

Open your heart! If you do, you might just change the world. Pay attention to all the people you meet today. Consider the fact that all of them could be going through something right now. You could be the person who changes their whole day, instead of the person who adds to their trouble. Put yourself in their shoes just for a minute. You will not believe the unbelievable things that could happen when you open your heart to others.


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