How To See Empathy In The World Around Us.
Empathy, we don't always see it in our everyday lives. Sometimes it is clouded by limbic brain fueled emotions such as jealousy, confusion, rage, anger, and sadness. Lost in the moment of self-preservation and ego, the experience of empathy isn't always at the top of mind. Like when someone cuts us off in traffic, our boss snaps at us, or our kids complain about dinner we can find ourselves reacting to the situation versus using the power of empathy to change our situation. As change makers and leaders mark empathy as the model for creating a world with a higher human purpose, as it becomes more and more of a buzz word for a way of thinking and living we should ask ourselves:
What is empathy?
After some initial research, the definition of empathy is complex. A web search for the word becomes surprisingly confusing. Is it an emotion? Is it a way of thinking? A logical approach to seeing a different perspective? An experience?
The answer seems to be yes on all accounts.
Will honing our empathic powers change how we feel toward others such as disgruntled co-workers, political adversaries, bad bosses, frenemies, and anyone who doesn't align with our core values? Most importantly, what does empathy look like to each of us? If we spot it in our every day, will we create change in ourselves and the world around us? Will it make us better leaders and humans?
For the next 30 days, let's empathize with empathy. It seems so misunderstood.
Until tomorrow friends.