M3 and Associates
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.
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."
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.
Empathic people tend to be exceptional listeners.
Conversely, a primary characteristic of racists, bigots, bullies, abusers, and criminals is a lack of empathy.
They're usually unwilling to grasp other people's perspectives or feelings, with little concern for how they injure others.
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.