Today was an awesome as well as frustrating day!!!! Awesome day because I found out I made a 97/100 on my first doctoral paper!!! God is good! I was sooo nervous and am now so thankful! It is better than I thought I would get! I was aiming for a 90!!! It took a lot of work though, I know what it takes to make these grades, I know I cannot slack off!
The frustrating part of today is my insurance application ran into a glitch! Very disappointing but I still have hope! When I was down a few moments ago I came to a really awesome revelation….empathy!
Empathy is not sympathy! Empathy is what people have toward someone else, when you sense you are not pitied. Instead you feel understood, like they are trying or are seeing the world though your eyes and your shoes!
Feeling empathy (at least for me) is something that I value! When someone can look at you and show you – through their eyes, their body language and their concern – that they care. That they want to be there with you in this journey! That is a truly awesome feeling!
You realize you don’t have to fight! You don’t have to get exasperated with re-explaining the same thing over and over again! You don’t have to explain that you feel awful but maybe look great! You don’t have to paste a smile on your face and ignore the “you must be feeling better” welcomes!
Instead when you wince in pain and the persons eyes grow soft with concern! When you say that your whole body aches and you are exhausted; the response is that you are lightly touched with encouragement to keep going!
The people who are there empathetic really make an impact! I hope that I am considered one of them!