“You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself“
Can you imagine facing tragedy, heartbreak, or pain and not having anyone to support and comfort you? That would make the obstacle that much harder to get through. So can you be that friend, brother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin… that others can turn to for comfort and encouragement?
Recently a friend lost her mother, another lost her son, and another confided they’ve been battling depression and frightening thoughts. And still if you watch the news your heart surely aches for all the tragedy in the world. I know I can’t solve the world’s problems nor do I always have the right words of comfort, but I think what means most to the sufferer is my presence. Being genuine and understanding that they feel pain, and though I can’t remove it, I understand and I’m suffering with them. That’s what empathy is. Being able to feel what the other person is feeling then showing compassion. We were created with this divine quality so we could add color and love to one another’s lives in this cold, dark world. It helps makes trials bearable. We can face them with courage knowing that our loved ones encircle us ready to carry us through.
I hope you have empathetic friends in your circle. I hope you’re that empathetic friend in return.