Resilience: Very productive day, weekend actually. Today's act of courage would be plowing through with enthusiasm, no, not enthusiasm, rather joy even when I have been totally obliterated in a matter. Empathy to the rescue.
Empathy is something I believe in and I have been on the receiving end of it for a few years now, myself. Without empathy I would not have made it to writing this blog and I will be forever grateful to a series of ANGELS not just people who have shown it to me - starting with my Mentor and ending with someone I met briefly a few weeks ago who also changed he trajectory of my life with his views on sharing his own mental health story with me and encouraging me to persevere. We met in a professional setting (not a mental health setting) , and I was so shocked and humbled when he disclosed his past mental health journey with me ( a stranger) in our conversation.
I have shown empathy pretty much all my life - but never to anyone who was someone I looked up to because I automatically assumed that their life was perfect. or at least exponentially greater than mine, so I never imagined that they would be in need of empathy ( certainly not from 'loser' me).
I have grown up these last few months, even this year, and I realize that sounds 'crazy' since I have lived far longer than half my life.
There are two people in my life now that I try to place myself in their shoes and be there for them, as they have been there for me. Today is Palm Sunday and someone who touched my heart so profoundly passed some years ago on Palm Sunday. Holy Week is here. Easter is near. Hope is near. Rebirth. Joy.
348 days to 55!