In today’s installment of Kid President’s Guide to Awesome… Living it Blog: Day 32, KP suggests:
Stand in someone else’s shoes (metaphorically)
A quick google search reflects that sympathy encompasses feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune. The search immediately following that, reflects that empathy encompasses the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
I think a lot of us are super at sympathizing. I think few of us are super at empathizing. Is it a frightening thing to put yourself in someone else’s lot in life and risk seeing reflections of yourself there? I think so. What comes with that exploration? Disappointment. Shame. Sadness. The silver lining here is this: these items only accompany empathy when we invite them along. Perhaps next time an opportunity for empathizing arises, we tell those things to stay at home because this isn’t about them. Perhaps, next time we are merely feeling badly for someone, we can remove our attachments to who we are in order to understand and share the feelings of another human being. I’ll bet when we do, we’ll find we never knew how closed our eyes were.
What did you do when your eyes were opened?
Live with eyes open.