By spirited.smith@gmail on March 24, 2012
"Real empathy means seeing and feeling the world from a child's point of view. This hinges on our ability to recollect how we ourselves once felt as children. It is when we have lost our connection to our own childhood feelings that we risk passing our hurts on to our children." ~ Robin Grille
Empathy.1. Understanding of another’s feelings
a. The ability to identify with and understand somebody else’s feelings or difficulties
Maybe empathy is just in the stars for some (cancers especially). It seems to me that my empathy comes from my vivid imagination. Sometimes I can loose my own self because I am so overcome with the emotions that I imagine another person is feeling. There are times when this is a wonderful escape, and times it is overwhelmingly horrible, reading a sad story for example. There are times when life gets busy that I have to find myself and my own voice in order to know what I need.
As a mother I have become even more empathetic. I often think, “Well, if I were in that car-seat, would I want to ….” It seems ridiculous but it is true. Empathy is important if I want to call myself a Christian.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those that rejoice, mourn with those who mourn.
I am glad Jesus was a human so he can empathize with me. This is empowering during moments of exhaustion when I want to loose my cool. (Lately I have been praying to Mother Mary asking her to pray with me… I need her empathy in prayer).
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet did not sin.