The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Empathy is Rewarding

“The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.” Meryl Streep

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12

Empathy: “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another” New Oxford American Dictionary

I remember reading an article about what people need once they realize they are dying. Among the things they need is someone to go through the experience with them. Humans need companionship and love. We need empathy. Imagine if no one ever cared about you or what you were going through. It would be awful. Isn't it helpful when someone understands your emotions and wants to be there for you? In life, whatever our situation, let's be empathetic to the plites of others. After all, it won't be too long before we're in their same boat. We've all heard the phrase, “What goes around, comes around.” It's true, because we all go through many of the same life events. They may look a little different, but they're life's struggles non the less. How we react to them is what sets us apart. How we react to difficulties is what sets us up for trust, respect, and significance. We all have opportunities to act empathetically every day. It takes will power to do it. But if we can, we can change lives, we can change the world. So before getting mad at someone driving too slow. Remember the last time you were trying to find an address in the dark. In a place you'd never been. It wasn't nice having some jerk impatiently tailgating you. Remember as well, the times you've offered a hand in help. How good it felt to do something for someone else. Empathy is rewarding, no matter what side of it you're on. We need more of it in this world. Without it, we're not the creation God intended us to be. He gave us empathy for a reason. Let's learn it, practice it, and enjoy it.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming for?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thank you for reading.

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