Yesterday as I left out of the store I saw this energetic little girl leaving the store with her grandpa. I told her “You’re so pretty!” I then looked and noticed her arms and legs full of what appeared to be mosquito bites and I blurted out what was in my mind, “Did something bite you?” She said yes, and skipped on past me. Then she ran back to me to show me the bites up close. I stopped and told her, “Awww, I’m sorry those bugs bit you and I know what it’s like to get bit and feel all itchy. I hope you feel better soon.”
As I went about my day, I couldn’t shake my new little friend, as I called her to my husband who was watching our interaction from the car. I said a prayer for her yesterday and as I started my day today, I’m still thinking about her. As I said a prayer for again, tears begin to swell. I realized why, this precious little girl was so innocent. She had a boo boo and appreciated me noticing it and empathizing with her. I know there are times I’m going through something and although I may or may not say anything about it, I really want someone to show me empathy.
- To see what it’s like from my perspective.
- To imagine how it would feel.
There is true power in empathy. I believe I do, but I’m going to try to practice it more often. I challenge you to do the same.