Most of us are aware of the connection we have to one another. From the people we live with, to the people we work with, even to the people we engage with on social media.
This connection gives us the gift of empathy; to be able to relate and share one another’s feelings. Feelings ranging from joy to pain; it allows us to participate in each other’s lives and gives us a sense of community.
Community is a beautiful thing, and although we are responsible for the energy we are contributing to this beautiful concept, we are also responsible in how we engage in the practice of empathy. How we react to the community’s climate and situations.
The splendor of empathy is sharing in the vulnerability someone is exposing. It is observing someone’s storm, but providing them with shelter. Not a compromising shelter, but a shelter in which they are introduced to an alternate view.
Maybe one from above their clouds – peace.
Maybe one from the front porch, where they are able to admire how the rains are providing their seeds with necessary life – peace.
Maybe one only made up of an umbrella, where dancing in these storms cleanses away all worries and is a melodic reminder that storms blow on by and soon will expose clear skies – peace.
Continue to engage. Continue the practice of empathy. Continue to pull a stormy climate into your peace. Community is a beautiful thing, and your contribution can make all of the difference. Contribute well.