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  • Pat­rina M. Clark, SPHR, HCS, RACC
    Speaker | Trainer | Con­sul­tant | Coach
29 Oct

Walk­ing a Mile In My Shoes

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It takes con­scious effort to act from the place of know­ing that we all expe­ri­ence things accord­ing to our unique per­spec­tives. And, these per­spec­tives have been cul­ti­vated over the span of our life­times and are unique to each of us. That means it is impos­si­ble for me to know how a par­tic­u­lar expe­ri­ence causes you to feel or really under­stand the depth of a par­tic­u­lar emo­tion you have. How­ever, we are able to cul­ti­vate empa­thy through shared or sim­i­lar expe­ri­ences. It is impor­tant to remem­ber, though, that empa­thy is not the same as expe­ri­ence. So, no mat­ter how much I may believe I can relate, because I’ve not walked even a sin­gle step in your shoes, I can not pos­si­bly know how it truly feels to be you. The best that I can do is to con­tinue liv­ing my own life, trav­el­ing my own jour­ney, one pre­cious step at a time and remain­ing open to the rich­ness of the expe­ri­ences brought by those with whom I am blessed enough to travel a part of the way.
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