Most days, we set out to experience the world with our own perspective- Our own shoes. But what happens when empathy is a core value with no set line? How do we draw it? What if we don’t know how to express or experience it in the first place?
Empathy is a peculiar thing. It’s a vital form of existence that some possess to an almost torturous degree. We feel deeply both positive and negative things. It’s a gift and a curse all in the shape of one human. Turbulent and ever changing, it can make or break a life. The goal for empaths is to balance and sustain it for as long as possible. We will never give up feeling what we do because we’re lucky we can. On the opposite end, we wish it would stop to let us feel nothing for a few.
As I experience empathy in my core relationships, I struggle to find a line between two key points:
– Letting it become so strong that I lose sight of my purpose and focus entirely too much on whether or not someone else is struggling.. and..
– Letting it be as it is so that I may trust that things work out as they will.
Just as it applies to our personal relationships, empathy can be the key to progress in our work relationships. It can be the one link that fills the gap between managing your workload and owning it. Throughout the next two weeks, I will be discussing a few key points to help find, balance, and pursue progress through compassion.