Sunday Serenity: Empathy Should Know No Bounds

 

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Mother Nature has certainly been busy in the Southern United States and the Caribbean Islands these past few weeks.  With Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma pounding the tiny islands off the American mainland (and is beginning to hit Southern Florida), there is also Hurricane Katia striking Mexico. Hurricane Jose is making an appearance in the Caribbean directly after Irma’s destruction this past week.

I was talking with someone the other day about Mother Nature’s recent mayhem, when they said rather flippantly, “Well, at least I’m not there.”  I replied, “Yes, but what if you were there? What if you were in the path of a dangerous hurricane hurling itself towards your city?” I saw shoulders shrugged in lieu of an audible answer, but it spoke louder than any words could have at that moment.  I guess my own ‘sound of silence’ prodded a verbal answer:  “Well don’t get me wrong, I feel bad for those people, but I sure am glad it’s not me.”

To say I was a bit shocked is an understatement.  Then again, should I be? I mean, sometimes I honestly wonder if people are so self-absorbed they just don’t want to think about others.  I’m just hoping that along with the, “Whew, I’m glad I’m not in the hurricane path”, (or for that matter, about anything else unpleasant) that we take a moment to say, “But I’m sending good thoughts and prayers to those that are affected.”  I’m hoping we add sincere and empathetic energy toward anyone in a situation that they’d rather not find themselves in at any given moment.

If we can try to feel what it must be like to be in that experience and send our best thoughts and hopes out to others, why, then I would say we might just be aware of the human connected-ness we all share.  My belief is that we are all connected; if this is so, then why would you want to dismiss those on the planet that are in harm’s way, or not as fortunate as you are?

In case you are wondering, I did send good thoughts to the person who I had the little convo with this past week.  Then again, I wouldn’t want to be in THEIR un-empathetic shoes, would I?

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  21 comments for “Sunday Serenity: Empathy Should Know No Bounds

  1. September 10, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Great words and quote Cher. I totally agree, and not to sound negative but too many folks today are so darn selfish. It manifests in different ways.

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    • September 10, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you, John! That is true, and you aren’t sounding negative. Unfortunately I see the same thing. But for those of us who want to send the positive stuff to others, let’s hope it makes up for those who choose not to! Cher xo

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      • September 10, 2017 at 10:19 pm

        For me it seems like it takes far more energy to be a creep than it does to be kind to someone. Even something as simple as holding the door open for others when entering/exiting a building.

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      • September 11, 2017 at 5:41 am

        Yes, you are so right, John. It does take a lot more energy, doesn’t it? It literally feels better to be kind! Thanks for your excellent comments! Cher xo

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  2. September 10, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    You are right . In such circumstances we have to think of others, who need our help and prayers. I have admiration for them who work day and night to help others. But also animals. I hope all is good with you.

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    • September 10, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Oh yes, I agree with you! And for animals as well! I love animals so much! And you as well! Thank you my dear! Cher xo

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  3. September 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I agree! I would have been shocked too. Of course, I am thankful that I and my loved ones are safe but this must not be taken for granted and it could be exactly the other way around. Then we would be glad if others think of us and not simply go after their daily life after turning off the radio. We are connected and that’s why the least we can do is being compassionate!

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    • September 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you for your insightful words, Erika! I feel the exact same way! We must always be mindful of what others are going through and, and the very LEAST, offer our compassion and good thoughts! Cher xo

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  4. September 10, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Well said.. So many in need of our empathy Cher. I count my blessings daily and send out to those in need.. LOVE and hugs xx

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    • September 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Ah, thank you, dear Sue! I know you most certainly do and I am hugely grateful to you! LOVE and hugs right back at you! Cher xo

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  5. September 10, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Great post, dear Cher…. So true. People might get absorbed in their own thoughts, or blame me for their own problems and mistakes. It is not about making statements on Social Media. Not only. If you feel for others, then you are already making a difference. Selfishness could be the worst thing.
    Hugs 😘

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    • September 10, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Ah, bless! Why thank you so much, dear Aquileana! I absolutely love how you have expressed this. I completely agree; selfishness can be the worst thing, but as you said, feeling for others is making a difference. Your words are wonderful. Merci, my dear! Hugs to you, Cher xo

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      • September 10, 2017 at 9:52 pm

        Hugs back at you, dear Cher … Thank you for your words & virtual friendship ❣ ❤

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      • September 10, 2017 at 9:54 pm

        Right back at you, dear Aquileana!! Cher xo ❤

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  6. September 15, 2017 at 8:16 am

    This is such an important reminder to be mindful and care about others, Cher. It is heartbreaking to know that so many people have been displaced by extreme weather and war. Perhaps it’s not us today, but we really never know what tomorrow will bring. Without the solace and shelter of caring hearts, life is even more challenging.

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    • September 15, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Ah, thank you so much, Carol. I feel the exact same way. I think it is incredibly sad that there are those who do not even give a second thought about other, let alone those that are in dire situations. I pray that more people find it in their hearts to show more caring. Thank you so much, Carol! Cher xo

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  7. September 29, 2017 at 8:55 am

    This picture is a remembrance of a dangerous time, Many lives has taken by the hurricane. Lucky is this hurricane over. But I can feel by this view how bizarre it is in your country. Unfortunately the hurricanes come every year again. Seems me difficult to live. People can built up , but the other year can it pulled down again. I wish you much wisdom.

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