Our times circle around, which side of bullets and greed do you fall within?
It’s one of those days where my empathy comes close to paralyzing me. Waves of each emotion trips at one to stall.
The challenge of empathy is being patient enough for others to connect into their own experience of empathy. Part of empathy is to gently support others when the experience kicks them down to their knees to the curb. So they too can turn the darkness to kindness.
It isn’t for one person to solve all problems, one person can push in simple acts in kindness. Then as we come together, then to work together, it is for us – together- to create the bigger answers. Empathy tries to fool you it’s all on your shoulders and it isn’t. The times require patience also so we can come together to work together. People are still too divided and separated from each other in the United States. So empathy requires us to be patient as we continue build up local community and networks.
So I stand again now, out of the darker pits empathy can create, to push back to helping others in kindness.
Each day I do this. It doesn’t get old, it revitalizes me.
I retired from the corporate world 5 years ago. I made a personal promise to myself to strive in small ways to improve our world. Each day to live simply and kindly as I can. We all will have hard days. For me, I have learned to use it as fuel to push again. Just don’t push so hard that you hurt yourself or cut yourself down from striving in kindness.
Lets start living our lives well. Lets imagine new answers for the new world ahead. As dark, as much at times the pain overwhelms, use that to spin life back around with Spiritual Jiu-jitsu. It’s the only answer that resolves the pain you feel in the heart as the times tear us apart.
One step at a time, building a better world, to spite the greed, the deflect the bullets, to live gracefully and in kindness.
In her book, The Art of Empathy Karla McLaren gives us ways to expand our empathy as a key life skill for our times.
So, yes, feel despair, but don’t let it stop you, push gently again, towards your simple steps and living kindly. Let that drive your imagination over time as you practice expanding your empathy.