- Be Here Now
Maybe I should arrange them---Stress, Empathy and Be Here Now. Or, should it be Stress, Be Here Now and Empathy? Or Empathy... Oh, what's the difference, they are all energizing concepts, yep, even the-- Stress. The stress makes the other two possible and empathy, well it's such a neat thing. In the book "The Common Thread," by Martha Manning, the concept of empathy is compared to a thread in a patchwork quilt. "It winds throughout the lives of generations of women, influencing the quality and intensity of their relationships. To empathize is to try and put oneself in someone else's shoes to get as close a match as possible to the way she feels." The book sites many examples of how this can be done, even though we rarely walk in the same shoes of another. We learn empathy, by relating to the feelings we may have had in a similar situation somewhere in the span of our lifetime, but we can really rarely say to another person, "I know how you feel ."