The Power of Empathy


How often do you take the time to look at the other side of a situation?  To consider someone’s point of view if it differs from you own?  Even if you choose to retain your thoughts, feelings (and dare I say) opinions, can you allow others to view life differently from the way you do and still honor and respect them?

There is great beauty and power in the ability to open one’s mind and “live in another’s world”, as Bill Bullard wrote in his 2007 Commencement Address to San Francisco’s University High School.  The next time you prepare to judge someone or their situation, stop for a moment and try empathy.

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