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The Bike Ride For Empathy
What is empathy? It's the act of "putting yourself in another person's shoes." It's viewing someone's life through their circumstances with the goal of understanding, connecting, and blessing them. Empathy is one of the most valuable gifts we can give to others.

Brene Brown says there are four qualities in empathic encounters:

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

2. Staying out of judgment.

3. Recognizing emotion in other people ...

4. ... and communicating it.

If you like this video, you might also like her short talk on blame. :)

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

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

Those who are hurting and suffering need your empathy.

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."

The closest friendships I have are with those who have shown empathy to me during difficult times.

Emotional generosity and empathy go hand in hand.

If you're seeing a counselor, he or she better be empathic! I write this as a "talk therapist" myself. ;)

The Route
Start (February 9, 2017): San Diego, California
Finish: Titusville, Florida

Route Map
Click the map to view it at a larger size.

Cities on the route: San Diego CA; Yuma, AZ; Phoenix, AZ; Safford, AZ; Las Cruces, NM; El Paso TX; Carlsbad, NM; Waco, TX; Winnfield, LA; Natchez, MS; Troy, AL; Valdosta, GA; Titusville, FL.

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'm going a third time 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.

Will You Join Me? Become Part of This Trip

  • Learn about the three charities I'm promoting and support them.
  • During the bike tour, track my daily progress on Twitter or Facebook. We can also communicate as I ride. :)
  • Enjoy the day-to-day journal that will be created after the trip is completed. It should look something like my 46-day collection for 2011. When you read my journals, it means a lot to me.
  • Or just read my book about my first bicycle tour. Under a Triumphant Sky: A Bike Across America Story is available in print and Kindle on Amazon.

    Training Before My Trip

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