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Friday, February 5, 2016

Empathy - Day 5 #WordADayChallenge

Today's word is Empathy.

The defiition of empathy is: The feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions : the ability to share someone else's feelings

This is another one I struggle with. I feel deeply for people and just reading about the things others go through can bring me to tears. But I struggle with it because at the core, I can't really identify with a lot of it. I don't have first hand knowledge of a lot of experiences that I see others living through. Especially really horrible experiences. I just can't identify with them from a personal knowledge. My experiences are more like dipping my foot into the pool, but not going for a full swim. 

Many friends over the years have told me I should have been a therapist, so I must at least be able to be a shoulder to lean on when needed. I tend to be very optimistic and look for the bright side. Maybe I offer a light at the end of the tunnel. Showing that there is a way out. So maybe I am experiencing at least part of that definition. The understanding and the sharing of feelings. Whatever it is, I just hope I am a spaeck of positive when someone feels as if they are drowing in the negative. It really all I know how to do. When someone is hurting, I may not be able to feel the hurt in the same way, but when I see someone hurting I can understand, at least in a small way. When I see someone happy or excited, I feel that too. Being an optimist, I am able to understand and feel another's happiness quiet readily. If empathy works both ways, perhaps I get it half right.


I am participating in a word-of-the-day blog challenge with Verified Mom. 



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