“Empathy or Understanding…”

willow for blogTo have empathy or to know understanding is The Question; well at least in my mind. Empathy typically hangs out with sympathy and compassion. Understanding has many more descriptors like perceptive, tolerant, aware, and discernment to name just a few. Discernment is an old-fashioned word meaning judgment and sensitivity and insightfulness; to also name a few.

Let us visit UNDERSTANDING: It expands when the hard knocks of life capture our attention. Some learn from the difficulties; whether they name it empathy or not. Others excuse their lack of empathy for themselves or others as a tool to deny their wounds.

Let us visit EMPATHY:  Is IT innate or do we gather it along life’s pathways? How might sympathy and compassion change things for the better? Must we allow it or are we required to call it up at moments of deep sorrow or understanding?

Ah… there is the rub! {Shakespeare’s Hamlet: By rub Hamlet means difficulty or obstacle.) 


typewriter_legswtypewriter_sample_img_2So, my Dear Readers, you may wish to counter my hypothesis “There Can Never Be a Yesterday” by trusting in the past. Yet, wasn’t it just a moment ago that what each of us experienced became our yesterday? Did you, in that moment, remember how it felt or tasted or what it taught?

Maybe we humankind, like the lyrics in the Beatles song “Yesterday” must believe in our days gone by.

And, YES, the past embraces where we’ve been and tomorrow holds the hope of where we’re going. But existence itself can never be more than this moment.

For example: At the time I post this blog MY moment will be in yesterday’s memory. Yours, however, will be in the moment you read it. See what I mean?