em-pa-thy (n): the ability to understand and share the feelings of another
In the past couple of years, the term empathy has become more popular, particularly as it relates to individuals who are empaths – those who feel the feelings of others.
Empathy is different from sympathy which means having feelings of pity or sorrow for someone else’s misfortune. Empathy means you get it!
What has become readily apparent to me is that what we are experiencing right now collectively on the planet is a huge uptick in empathy. For the first time ever, we can actually understand and feel what our sisters and brothers are feeling all over the globe. Can you sense the power in this??
If anyone ever doubted that we are in this together – I hope they now realize the truth of our common humanity. What impacts you, impacts me. What hurts you, hurts me. And what heals you, heals me, my family and friends, my community, country – all of us!
We are all facing perhaps the most challenging circumstances of our lives. Fears and anxieties over health and finances are rising to the surface for us to deal with. The same type of fears and anxieties that many people around the world deal with every single day of their lives.
For most of us, this will end – hopefully sooner rather than later. But we know it WILL end.
For others, this won’t be. When medicines and vaccines are available to ensure that coronavirus cannot harm us to this extent any longer, those experiencing poverty, lacking access to healthcare, or living amidst violence – will continue to experience fear and anxiety.
Will we care? Will we remember that for a short moment in time we were connected with them?
Or will we go back to our normal, busy lives where we sleepwalk through the days as if we have no other choice?
Perhaps, like me, this uninvited and paradoxical gift has proven to you that there is a better way to live. We can…
Take a breath
Care for our Soul
Get off the treadmill
Create white space in our calendars
Spend quality time with our loved ones
Reach out to check in on someone in need
Stop shopping for things that fill our homes but not our hearts
And think about the impact this is having on not just ourselves, but on so many others whose situations are far more precarious than our own.
Have you been thinking about the changes you might like to make when things go back to normal? Or how you don’t want to go back to “normal”?
Are you wondering what you can do to help co-create a better world? Are you tired of feeling like you’re in this alone?
There’s no more time for wondering what you can do to stop the madness or sitting on the sidelines hoping things will get better. The world is waiting for you to step up and into your AWE-thentic Power to make the impact you came here to make. What are you waiting for? It’s time!
If you’re ready to begin living from a deeper, more connected space as part of a sisterhood I invite you to join us. Together we’ll own our gifts and talents, determine how and where we’re meant to serve, and support solutions that have the potential to shift things on our planet in such a way that our children and grandchildren have a chance at a better future.
If you’re ready for a “new normal” in your life and in the world, join our Facebook Group called “Business Women Giving Back”. Can’t wait to see you there!
Be bold. Be daring. Be AWE-dacious!