Empathy Friday #2

Happy late night Empathy Friday everyone! This is your end of the day, end of the work week, empathy in the world round up. Articles, quotes, exercises, and a single question from Empathy Lab for you to start your weekend. Well, here goes Empathy Friday #2!

One question
one picture,
one article on empathy,
and a quick list of things we’ve found / been shared.

Your Weekend’s Question:

Which hand do you write with? Left or right?

Empathy Lab Question #123

Want to share your answer, please let us know friday@empathylab.io.

Pictures of Empathy:

Empathy vs. Sympathy, an article we wrote about a number of months ago and a subject that many people try to define.


Article on Empathy:

Less of an article and more a Instagram post by a former Track and Field professional, Cas Loxsom. In announcing his retirement at the age of 27, he reflects on his career full of highs and lows as an athlete. Within his announcement, he clearly recognizes the sacrifice of pursuing a path and choosing to go in a different direction when he writes,

I’ve also gained an incredible amount of empathy for those who choose that it isn’t a path they want to walk (or run) anymore.

Unlike major sports like the MLS, NFL, NBA, NHL, or the MLB, sports like track and field, gymnastics, and swimming only get their moment to shine for all the world to see every four years at the Olympics. Some people have the talent and choose to take on this struggle like Luxsom, while others have the talent and choose to go in another direction, again like Luxsom. Both choices are based on a self awareness base and knowledge of what drives that particular person. Decision and direction taking is difficult, empathy for what the user is gaining and sacrificing is crucial to understanding the shoes (track spikes) they are in.

Found empathy related literature and events found on the inter-webs this week:

Let’s Stop Asking Trump for Comfort after Strategies
Washington Post article by Patti Davis, the daughter of Nancy and Ronald Reagan.

This president will never offer comfort, compassion or empathy to a grieving nation. It’s not in him. When questioned after a tragedy, he will always be glib and inappropriate. So I have a wild suggestion: Let’s stop asking him. His words are only salt in our wounds.

Roots of Empathy
Less an article and more of an amazing resource for learning how empathy is positively impacting school children world wide. Roots of Empathy is a Canadian organization that is on a mission to help children develop empathy and emotional literacy. Why, because Mary Gordon, has been positively denting the world since 1981!

All call for empathy in your world.

If you find articles that have piqued your interest and are things you want to share with others, please send them to friday@empathylab.io.

Cheers all and happy weekending!

Shelton (sD)

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