Gifts of Character – Empathy

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Empathy. Empathy is one of the virtues that connects us with others and helps us to understand their experience. Empathy for others gets rid of prejudice as we stop separating groups into them and us. We think about how our actions will affect others and inspires us to act with compassion.

Today as I reflect on the virtue of empathy I am thinking about how to listen better and learn the story of others. Even if I have not been through any experience that even comes close to what I am hearing, I want to be able to see what they might be feeling. I do not need to answer why they feel the way they do; I just want to connect our hearts and humanity. My goal is not to blame or judge, only to understand and give dignity.