Last week in class, we were given the task to make some kind of change that would not only benefit us but also benefit those around us. At first I had a hard time thinking about what I wanted to do. First, I thought of washing my roommates’ dishes, then I thought of buying a stranger a cup of coffee– both very kind things that you could do for someone else. Still, I felt like I could do better. I remembered a video I watched in one of my previous classes and how after watching it, my whole perspective on the way I treat people changed. I decided to do something along the lines of this video. In 3 short minutes, Dr. Brené Brown explains the difference between sympathy and empathy. So, I decided to make my mission to offer more empathy rather than sympathy to those around me. I can proudly say that over the last few days I have noticed my relationships have changed for the better!
Here’s the video:
All my life I thought that being sympathetic was always good….boy was I wrong! Turns out, empathy is what fuels connection and strengthens our bonds with each other.
After having a class discussion on society’s fascination with being busy, I realized that life would be so much better if we each took the time to turn off our phones & really focus on being there for each other. If we all made our focus on being more kind, genuine, and empathetic, the world would be a much better place! I think one of the reasons why there is so much division & tension in the world could be due to human race turning against each other. Humans, all around the world, are turning against each other either because of religion, political views, etc. What if, instead of turning against each other, we took all that energy and used it positively to band together?
How lucky are we to live in a world full of different cultures, customs, traditions, languages, attitudes, and beliefs… The diversity found on earth is what makes this place so beautiful & special. As empathetic beings, we need to make it our duty to celebrate this diversity instead of shutting it down. We need to fuel connection.
Being more empathetic is important for being good activists & advocates for our world.