Today, Sunday, August 10, 2014- I want to touch base on empathy again - hey, remember it is the "Year of Empathy!" We all have personal problems and challenges. Life is not all happiness and joy. We must have the bad times along with the good times - the yin and the yang! This is just the way life works.
The problem is when people are so egocentric that they judge others as having a perfect life or things always working out better for other people. People tend to think they are the only ones with problems but that's not true - we all have problems.
Sometimes people don't say anything about their troubles to others and people just assume that they don't have any problems. Sometimes these people are in such pain that they wear a mask to cover the pain and pretend they are just fine. Sometimes these people are afraid if they really share their pain or bad things they are going through with another person that person will judge them and leave them. Or the person doesn't want to share because facing the reality of the problem is so scary they don't think they will be able to survive.
I just wanted to bring this to your attention today so you can start thinking outside of your own troubles, know that others are dealing with troubles too, and some small acts of kindness can help you both.
Assignment for the week is to do one random act of kindness each day. Don't tell anyone what you are doing or did do - keep it to yourself and just enjoy knowing that you made a positive influence in this world. You have no idea what a small act of kindness can do to a person who hides their anxiety, pain, and shame! You may even save their life!