Gifts of Character – Empathy

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Empathy.  Empathy connects us to other people.  With empathy, we can reflect on how our words and actions affect others.  When we listen with the presence required by empathy, we are helping them to hear their thoughts more clearly.  We become trustworthy not to be blaming or judgment.

As I reflect on being empathetic, I am inspired to be more giving and selfless.  I will listen to others with compassion and seek to understand their experience.  Listening and asking – cup emptying questions –  will help others find their strength and courage to face any challenge, especially knowing they have a connection that is there for them. I will use empathy to connect with children and adults.