Empathy. Now THAT’S real power. “Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were 'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.” Neil deGrasse Tyson
There's a memory I hold dear as a beautiful demonstration of empathy. It was some years ago now, and I was sitting at the kitchen table chatting with my mother-in-law, (Yes, I'm blessed to have a sweet in-law relationship.) I remember trying to straddle that 'safety' line between being transparent about a challenging situation and not coming across as a total wimp.. She quietly stood, stepped towards me, bent to embrace me, and gently said, "Oh, I understand. You feel pain there.' Here empathetic words were like a doctor's prescriptive assessment and it had the wonderful affect of making me feel heard, seen and understood without any judgement. I hold it as a precious memory and an example I want to emulate.
What about you? Have you ever experienced being on the receiving end of a particular display of empathy?