Litmus, Litmus on the Wall
If you had to come up with ONE question, the answer to which would determine whether or not you could be friends with a person you’ve just met, what would it be? What would the right answer be?
“Do you consider yourself to be empathetic?”
Firstly, if someone does not know what empathy is, then I know this person is simply not going to understand the priorities in my life.
Secondly, most people who are truly empathetic will not reply with a simple “Yes.”
There is no other defined response; an empathetic person will express themselves with enthusiasm, passion and compassion. Once someone starts speaking, you learn very quickly about what makes her heart beat, her soul expand, and her mind start ticking. You are assured of a great conversation with a quirky sense of humor, a strong sense of loyalty, and a desire to help others.
An open mind, eyes facing out to the world, with an awareness of the needs of others, and a willingness to help is a special person in my humble opinion.
Kindness and compassion are lifelong traits, not only developed late in life. So, I know that the person will have an interesting history and honesty about life and its ups and downs. Also, he/she will have great manners and offer a smile to someone just because….This is someone who can understand the power of caring and sharing the load in good times and bad.
That is the kind of person whom I would want for a friend!
I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this topic.
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