Right now, with so many people personally affected by events happening around the world, we need to find ways to create connection and build empathy through understanding.
I call to the Sky,
I beg Earth,
‘drink of the tears’
longing to be
When we take the time to listen to the real stories of others; when we listen to their perspective, which is always different to ours, then our understanding of them and their circumstances completely broadens.
As we deepen our understanding of what each person is going through, then that builds empathy. Empathy can be the very thing, that moves our hearts into change or moves us to take action … from a place of love and compassion.
How have you been conditioned?
Each of us have been born into a set of certain circumstances. So, for example, I was born in Australia. Right from birth, I have been raised with a western style thinking, that's given me a set of ‘standards’ of what I’m ideally supposed to adhere to. I have been conditioned by my culture and many other influences in my upbringing; by my parent’s ideas, the education system, the media, by the people around me …
And just like I have been conditioned, other people too have experienced conditioning, but in a different way. What is considered ‘normal’ to them; what's acceptable to them, maybe completely different to our way of thinking.
Creating connection by bridging the gaps ...
So, how do we come together? How do we bridge the gap?
We bridge the gaps with empathy, compassion and understanding. We talk, we listen, we share. We lean into each other’s stories and we say, “Okay, I can understand why you did that”, or “Okay, I can understand why you're angry about that. I can understand why you feel that way.”
And though, no matter how many stories we read, we're never really going to understand exactly what somebody else has experienced ... we can try.
Each story featured in Daily Inspired Life, has been chosen because inside of it … and it's up to you to open it up and look deeper … is something to get you thinking, something to help you feel more positive or experience more meaning in your own life AND in the lives of others. Each story is bridging a gap … of culture, ideas, differences. The stories are about embracing differences, enjoying them and learning from them.
And when we do that, we'll experience more love and acceptance in our life. We can experience so much more peace and experience our lives in full technicolor as our love and acceptance ripples out to others.
Read these 8 stories with an open-heart...
Think about the person telling their story and the characters in their story. What have they experienced? What do we learn about ourselves from their experience? What can you learn about the greater world around you? How can sharing these stories help build empathy?
When you see a new story come past your desk, read the story, share the story. Instead of allowing other people and organisations to tell our stories, let's allow the people who should be telling their stories to share with us.
If you have a story you'd like to share, then please contact me. I want to hear different perspectives from all people. And the only criteria is that we come from a place of non-judgment, a place of compassion and understanding.
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