Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But what if they want to be treated differently than you do? Better yet, what if their thoughts and feelings were different than yours? If we never take the time to listen and understand, then we may never know.
Empathy can be one of the most valuable traits a person possesses, and it can strengthen the bond between people. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Being truly empathetic takes thought, compassion, patience, effort, and a lot of practice.
While listening and taking the time to really understand someone’s feelings and experiences may not be glamorous, it is one of the most humanizing things we can do as we help each other on this crazy journey called life.