Expressing empathy towards one another can be a moving, deep, and soulful sensation.
As we walk through our journey each day, we often get so caught up in our own “stuff” that we forget to take a step back and create an awareness of how a friend, a loved one, a co-worker, a neighbor, or a complete stranger may be feeling or what they may be dealing with at that particular moment in time. Just being a little sensitive and taking notice how those around us might be feeling allows us the chance to provide an empathetic ear, a strong shoulder, or a tender hug. Being present for someone can mean the world to them and help them through what might be a tough day.
Recently, one of my very dear friends and mentor has been struggling with some health issues. This is a woman who is known to me (and many others) as a redwood. Graphene. A determined diamond. A stamina-filled wonder woman. Wonderfully wise. A creator. Acutely accomplished. Kindhearted. Tender. An immensely empathetic and selfless female.
I visited her in a rehab facility and I watched this pillar of strength beginning to wither away. During our intimate chat, I could see the sadness in her eyes and the luster starting to fade. When I asked her how she was feeling, she expressed her desire to just want to go home again, sleep in her own warm bed, and simply lay next to her husband.
She profusely thanked me over and over again for the visit, my time, and for my being present with her.
Our time spent together on that cold, snowy, and dark afternoon was a warm reminder of the simple things we can take for granted—our own warm bed and laying next to a loved one.
I’m beyond grateful for the gift of time spent with my lovely friend. Having the opportunity to give her a little sense of empathy and tender love, care, and concern was a true meaningful gift to me. The vast joy I received in return, from this wise woman is a treasure I placed in my heart that will be forever tucked away.
Take the gift of time and provide a little empathy to someone who may need your kind-sense.