Love the life you Lead. Summer 2014. Day FOUR:


Sympathy is one’s ability to extend compassion to another. It does not necessarily mean that the person who shows compassion may have gone through the same thing. During sympathy the one who is in pain or suffering is going through it alone. It is ability that one person understands that another is going through the pain or suffering and feels sorry for them or the situation and cares for their well-being. Sympathy can be expressed using words and facial expression. An example of sympathy is a child, who cries when he hears another child crying, although the child does not understand the situation, he sympathizes with the other child.

Empathy is one’s ability to understand the pain of another person as they may have gone through something similar and are still suffering through it. The person feeling the empathy can put themselves completely in the other person’s shoes and feel what they are feeling, think what they are thinking, see what they are seeing, etc. Empathy can extend to the level, where the lines between self and other are blurred. An example of empathy is someone suffering a loss of a close family member, is felt by another person who has gone through the same loss previously.

Since reading this I’ve been wondering about how I–or anyone else, for that matter, can experience EMPATHY with the people living in a very different place/culture. I believe that this IS possible, yet very challenging…and CRITICAL for the violence and vitriol to stop. Your thoughts? feelings?

About melindarabrams

Melinda Abrams, CPCC, MSA is a champion of the shared experience. She consistently moves individuals and groups to deeper levels of connection and support, and models ‘being moved’ by what is present in the space. She believes that in this creative combustion, capacity expands ….simply, naturally, magnificently. In addition to coaching corporate executives, Melinda takes great pleasure collecting and sharing messages about Loving the Life you Lead on facebook and her blog Moving Leaders. She loves coaching, delivering experiential programs at outdoor education centers, teaching teleclasses, holding weekend retreats, and guiding leaders to MOVE. Melinda brings over 20 years of teaching and leadership development to Moving Leaders. Her work spans experiences with youth, corporate clients, and both business and medical graduate students at Duke, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest Universities. Her commitment is to serve emerging leaders as they move towards shared enthusiastic leadership. And YES! Melinda is also an artist. She creates unique handpainted scarves. In my art, my coaching, and my spiritual practice I consistently return to wonder and awe. As I turn to wonder and create from there I experience a profound connection with source. This movement brings me to this latest series of scarves. I love the idea of wrapping oneself in an idea–an intention– a possibility, and creating beauty with that intention. My hope is that when one chooses this scarf to wear, they turn from disconnected bland to soulful brilliant. Of course when the scarf is open and hung you can read the message, yet when it is draped and worn, the message is simply seen as a design. My promise is that the wearer is reminded to turn towards the message and that the message is shared through the wearers actions and interactions with others. Melinda Abrams Melinda loves living in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband and three children.
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