“Always put yourself in the other person’s shoes. If you feel it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person too.” ~Unknown
Empathy is being able to personally identifying another person with or “Putting yourself(walking a mile) in another person’s shoes “. Not to be confused with sympathy which is compassion, sorrow or pity you feel for another person. It’s one thing to feel sorry for another person but it’s a whole other thing to be able to understand how another person feels. I mean truly understand how they feel. When we practice empathy we are also practicing open-mindedness.
I have noticed that as each generation passes, we care less and less for our fellow citizen, unless there’s a tragedy like a natural disaster or a terrorist attack. Even then it’s short lived. We’ve become increasingly less respectful and tolerant of each other and call each other names. We also interact on a personal level much less than we used to.
If we are to make the world a better place for future generations we need to start by changing our attitudes and become more open minded. If we don’t…well, I dread the thought of where we’ll end up in the future. Let’s start today to make some positive changes in our lives that help the people around us rather than hurting them. It is possible to do if we work together.
Thought for the day: Before judging another person, try walking a mile in their shoes. You just might see things differently.
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