Editor’s Note: My Relationship with Empathy

Instagram post 2/26/ 22 : all my kids slept in my bed last night. I wanted to hold them close. the last few days have been heartbreaking and make us all aware that things can change in a moment. just days ago ukrainians were thinking of the things I think about- school, work, to-do lists, what’s for dinner. I often struggle with the empathetic side of me and the things I am passionate about. the things I feel passionate about in my work can feel so trivial by comparison. Yet, I try to busy myself and control what I can in my own little space. I bought these anemones today and happened to google their meaning: Protection against evil. So fitting. #prayforukraine


 

Editor’s Note:

My Relationship with Empathy

 

I have always been incredibly empathetic. At times, I find it to be crippling. Other times, I find it to be a super power. As I watch the news of the latest conflict on my television, I can’t help but put myself in those shoes. Imagine a normal day turned into war. I spontaneously cry holding my 19 month old son. Helpless that I can’t do more. Guilty that I have a safe and quiet house. A tear falls as I tuck my kids into their warm bed. Pull yourself together, Devon. But, then I saw this quote.

 

“Nothing is more important than empathy for another human being’s suffering. Nothing- not career, not wealth, not intelligence, certainly not status. We have to feel for one another if we’re going to survive with dignity.”

-Audrey Hepburn

 

This solidified my belief that empathy is one of my best traits. One of our collective best traits. A necessary part of us. Without it where would we be?

 

Love,

DL