Empathy is an act of will and imagination. It is an act of will because it involves a conscious decision to direct our attention away from our own concerns to the concerns of others. It is an act of imagination because it invites us to reflect on what it must be like to be experiencing life in someone else’s circumstances.
Although we are born with an innate capacity for empathy, it is a skill that requires practice and cultivation. This week, as we interact with our loved ones, with our colleagues, and with those we serve; let’s join St. Francis of Assisi and seek:
To console more than to be consoled,
To understand more than to be understood,
To love more than to be loved.
Have a great week, everyone!