Becoming the best version of yourself

Lesson #36

on February 15, 2016

“If we threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.”

I’ve talked about this before, so I won’t cover it specifically again BUT I will take advantage of your attention to say that maybe we look at today’s lesson as a start of showing more empathy toward those with the problems we wouldn’t trade ours for?

Note I don’t say sympathy, because you can feel sorry for someone all day long and it does nothing to help alleviate the problems, or pain they’re going through.

I’m suggesting here that we all implore and show a little “empathy” to those people in our lives who are suffering.  Even, dare I say, that we start by showing more empathy toward total strangers?

Empathy is defined:

: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also : the capacity for this

In other words, you don’t have to have gone through it, to understand it.  I’m the first to admit that there are times I seem to scoff at what other’s are whining about and wonder why on earth they can’t get through it and past it.  But till you’ve walked a mile in their shoes . . .

We seem to show less and less empathy these days as we bustle about in our busy lives.  One random act of kindness has been shown to multiply ten fold – and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time out of your busy day.

Open a door, offer a smile, carry a bag, say please and thank you, offer to run an errand, bake some cookies, give a listening ear, be kind with your words, give a hug, volunteer your time, be a point of light.

Be the best version of yourself – be AWESOME!!


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