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The Bike Ride For Empathy
What is empathy? It is the act of "putting yourself in another person's shoes." It's affirming their humanity, expressing understanding of their situation, and feeling with them. Empathy is one of the most compassionate gifts we can give to those who are hurting and suffering.

There are four qualities in empathic encounters:

1. Perspective taking. The ability to recognize someone's perspective as their truth.

2. Staying out of judgment. (Giving people the grace to be themselves and share freely.)

3. Recognizing emotion in other people.

4. Communicating understanding. (Feeling with others.)

If you like this, you might enjoy Brene's talks on blame and shame. :)

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes?

Empathy says, "It's not about me! It's about the people around me."

Empathic people avoid futile attempts to "fix" or give shallow advice to others. Instead, their attitude is, "When you can't look on the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark."

When we commit to being empathic, it forces us to become better listeners.

Personally, some of my most meaningful encounters have been with people who've shown empathy to me during hard times.

How To Express Empathy and Avoid The Traps

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Michael Sahota created an excellent visual that shows common ways well-meaning people block empathy to protect themselves from feeling.

"Imagine someone is in emotional distress," he writes, "By blocking their emotions from our reality, we can avoid acknowledging and connecting to their pain. In the short run, this is great we avoid pain. In the long run, we destroy the fabric of our relationships and our environments... Read Entire Column

Empathy Communicates "You Are Not Alone."

Empathy

Introduction

My 53-Page Photo Journal

Preface

California
Day 1: San Diego, CA to Ramona, CA (32 miles)
Day 2: Ramona, CA to Shelter Valley, CA (36 miles)
Day 3: Shelter Valley, CA to El Centro, CA (71 miles)
Day 4: El Centro, CA to Yuma, AZ (61 miles)

Arizona
Day 5: Blythe, CA to Quartzsite, AZ (21 miles)
Day 6: Quartzsite, AZ to Salome, AZ (40 miles)
Day 7: Salome, AZ to Buckeye, AZ (70 miles)
Day 8: Buckeye, AZ to Apache Junction, AZ (63 miles)
Day 9: Rest Day in Scottsdale, AZ (0 miles)
Day 10: Apache Junction, AZ to Top of the World, AZ (44 miles)
Day 11: Top of the World, AZ to Globe, AZ (17 miles)
Day 12: Globe, AZ to Safford, AZ (76 miles)
Day 13: Safford, AZ to Duncan, AZ (41 miles)

New Mexico
Day 14: Duncan, AZ to Lordsburg, NM (37 miles)
Day 15: Lordsburg, NM to Deming, NM (60 miles)
Day 16: Deming, NM to Las Cruces, NM (63 miles)

Texas
Day 17: Las Cruces, NM to El Paso, TX (63 miles)
Day 18: Rest Day in El Paso, TX (0 miles)
Day 19: El Paso, TX to Salt Flat, TX (71 miles)
Day 20: Salt Flat, TX to Carlsbad, NM (78 miles)
Day 21: Carlsbad, NM to Eunice, NM (71 miles)
Day 22: Eunice, NM to Andrews, TX (39 miles)
Day 23: Andrews, TX to Lenorah, TX (45 miles)
Day 24: Rest Day in Big Spring, TX (0 miles)
Day 25: Lenorah, TX to Colorado City, TX (52 miles)
Day 26: Colorado City, TX to Sweetwater, TX (34 miles)
Day 27: Sweetwater, TX to Abilene, TX (42 miles)
Day 28: Rest Day in Abilene, TX (0 miles)
Day 29: Abilene, TX to Rising Star, TX (54 miles)
Day 30: Rising Star, TX to Hamilton, TX (63 miles)
Day 31: Hamilton, TX to Waco, TX (62 miles)
Day 32: Waco, TX to Bellmead, TX (14 miles)
Day 33: Bellmead, TX to Fairfield, TX (62 miles)
Day 34: Fairfield, TX to Rusk, TX (70 miles)

Louisiana
Day 35: Rusk, TX to Logansport, LA (73 miles)
Day 36: Logansport, LA to Coushatta, LA (48 miles)
Day 37: Coushatta, LA to Winnfield, LA (51 miles)

Mississippi
Day 38: Winnfield, LA to Natchez, MS (89 miles)
Day 39: Natchez, MS to Natchez, MS (3 miles)
Day 40: Natchez, MS to Brookhaven, MS (60 miles)
Day 41: Brookhaven, MS to Collins, MS (60 miles)
Day 42: Collins, MS to Hattiesburg, MS (34 miles)

Alabama
Day 43: Hattiesburg, MS to Mobile, AL (78 miles)
Day 44: Mobile, AL to Loxley, AL (35 miles)
Day 45: Rest Day in Santa Rosa Beach, FL (0 miles)

Florida
Day 46: Loxley, AL to Crestview, FL (81 miles)
Day 47: Crestview, FL to DeFuniak Springs, FL (29 miles)
Day 48: DeFuniak Springs, FL to Chattahoochee, FL (80 miles)
Day 49: Chattahoochee, FL to Monticello, FL (72 miles)
Day 50: Monticello, FL to Live Oak, FL (62 miles)
Day 51 - Live Oak, FL to Starke, FL (63 miles)
Day 52: Starke, FL to New Smyrna Beach, FL (116 miles)
Day 53: New Smyrna Beach, FL to Canaveral Nat'l Seashore (15 miles)

Epilogue

About Steve, The Cyclist
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A Road Biker In The Colorado Rocky Mountains

My name is Steve Garufi, a hiker, photographer, Licensed Professional Counselor and high-elevation poster child in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. I'm also a road cyclist who had the joy of biking across America in 2008 and 2011 and authoring a memoir about my first trip.

I did this third trip because of my love of cycling. It's so much fun to document the trip; you never know who or what you'll encounter each day. Of course, the fitness and sense of accomplishment are high on the list too.

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