Quote: ~You won’t truly understand it until you go through it on your own. It’s a critical world that we live in~.

We critique and make judgements using our own experiences.

We form opinions and perceptions and tell ourselves we know what someone else is going through but, in reality, we really don’t understand unless we have actually gone through it ourselves. And, even then, we don’t truly understand how it affects them. We tend to view things using our own opinions and perceptions and we do this even in the little everyday things that people deal with in their lives.

By having the ability to look at something from different points of view and different perceptions, I discovered early on in my life that empathy is the key. By feeling empathy and expressing it, I try to see what the other person is experiencing. I try to see how a circumstance or a situation is affecting them. I do that before moving forward. I have learned that there are many ways of looking at things dependent upon our perceptions and our outlooks on life.

At this very moment, I have five friends that are going through some very rough journeys. All of these will be lifelong journeys. My heart goes out to each one of them.  As I see them going through these rough times I realize that I can’t truly know what each one is enduring. But, I can see how each person is becoming stronger as they march on. Since I cannot ‘walk in their shoes’, I have chosen to walk beside them and be there to listen, to encourage, to empathize, and to bring brightness and laughter into the seriousness of their situations.

Those are things that I can do. While watching them walk their paths, I have learned a lot from each one of them. They are strong and courageous women and have grown stronger because they have had to. They are all people with the characteristic of ‘caring’. They could have fallen down and given up. They have not. Not a single one of them. They could have said it’s too much and I can’t handle it, they haven’t. They have picked themselves up and are carrying the load.

While I try to be there for them, they are also there for me. I have learned by watching them and walking with them. In walking with them and seeing them through the eyes of an empathic person, I get a better picture of their point of view.  I also see how they are triumphing in the face of adversity. They are strong, have perseverance, strive for the positive things in life, and have become more caring and loving people. I am thankful for the empathy I can have for others and I am thankful that I too, can be inspired by and receive lessons from these women as they walk their journeys. One of my pastor friends likes to say ‘Go God’.  I believe that God has given all of us a resilient spirit and I believe that God is working through and helping each one of these women. I would like to say Go Girls! You inspire me daily ❤ and I am thankful for each of you.


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