“The dishwasher needs to be emptied and could you sort your laundry?”
‘What do you do when I am not here?’
‘Can you buy this?’
‘Do you need change?’
‘You over analyze everything!’
Adolescent angst and righteous indignation from a son to his clueless mother.
Thank G-d for my grandchildren!
Thanks for stopping by! It means more than you know.
In trying to understand empathy, I have found some interesting and insightful media meant to describe it. Truly, to me, empathy is not definable in black and white terms by virtue of its very nature. The empathy we feel towards another changes when that person is right in front of us. What about when that person is halfway around the world? Can we understand the horror of a child kidnapped if it is not in our own backyard? Do we turn away because the news is frightening rather than stand up and fight for the rights of that family to find their child at any cost? Can we feel the desperation and terror of their anguish?
For me, being empathetic takes energy; it absorbs some of another person’s pain. It is turning experience into awareness and action to ease or aid someone else’s struggle. It is not easy to stand in the shadow of the disenfranchised but it is an injustice not to.
We humans are so fragile, and on the surface, we show our bravado, our distance and attempts to control situations to benefit ourselves and advantage. We lose touch with the reality that everyone we meet is fighting some sort of a battle. If we know, can we help? If we did, would we?
Thank you for stopping by and I would love to hear what you think empathy is or is not. Please share your ideas, quotes and media. We are all in this together.
This beautiful, open, honest young woman ~ Anna Clendening ~ put a face on anxiety, panic attacks and depression for millions of people.
Every person who has ever suffered a panic attack, a depressive disorder, an anxiety attack or any other mental health issue, has spent a life in shadow. The stigma, lies, shame and fear has kept each one locked in an individual cage of isolation. Some suffer for minutes, others suffer for years. So many suffer alone or cannot get relief from conventional methods.
The blame and casting off from those who have never mourned, grieved, struggled to get out of bed, or make it through another day is the real dis-ease in our society. To those who foolishly think they are immune, there is not one person who has not been touched by some form of anxiety, phobia, depressive disorder or mental health issue in their inner circle of family and friends.
I can only say that I sobbed as I listened to her heart and soul bared for all to see. I imagine that if you have a shred of empathy, or have ever experienced such pain or despair, you will find it hard not to cry with her as well.
Life is filled with peaks and valleys…. Anna Clendening climbed out of the darkest of months to honestly share her situation, on national television, and offered hope to others who struggle silently each day. The love of her parents gave her strength and she showed the courage and strength others take for granted. This is Bravery.
What a breath of fresh air ~ Hallelujah!