Dreams we all have one or two, but how often does our dream come from someone else’s dream? Remembering your dream first, or are you just in empathy for the original dreamer?
Empathy creates mutual understanding and perspective.
The next time you’re stuck in a disagreeable conversation, consider changing your strategy. Instead of waiting to respond, disagree, or move on, try seeing things from the other person’s point of view. Really imagine you’re them, and pretend you see things exactly the way they do. With each word that comes out, you’ll feel more and more entitled in your stance. You feel right, and you find it hard to see things any other way.
You see, this is one easy example to understand compassion. Real compassion means you’re able to see things from another person’s point of view. You’re able to feel for the other person, because you understand what they are going through.
If you’ve noticed you’re a bit hardened around your outer shell lately, consider practicing compassion. Often times, we harden into our habits and beliefs as we get older, based upon our life experiences to date. Yet, we simultaneously crave more intimate relationships, freedom of thought, and fun.
The good news: much like love, empathy is abundant. You’ll never run out, and you’ll never get hurt being compassionate.
My Life example
Volunteering to help with a church function, I questioned the person in charge of the event. Realizing there was to many variables the menu was changed and not brought before the group who was helping. Advertising had been sent out to invite the community with the set menu. Not knowing how many would attend and who in the group was furnishing the food to be prepared, the menu was changed to accommodate more than anticipated. After spending the day shopping for the event and arriving back home, the person in charge call me to say that her pastor had called her, he was not happy and she had to return the food back to the store. She was in tears, very upset, and left me taking on her offense. It took me awhile to realize that I was not getting the whole story, so I went to the pastor who told me the truth of the matter. Always rely on Biblical principles to make your conclusion to life problems (inside and outside the church).