You, you oughta know!

18 Sep

I had a day that reminded me how present empathy is in my life. I believe that mine is well developed due to my close relationship with my twin, Rob.

Empathy is in that area of humanity where people either buy in or believe it is a bunch of hooey.

I know my experiences and my limited research prove to me that not only such a thing exists, but my aptitude is well developed.

I credit first my twin brother, Rob, as without our connection I can’t imagine anything but stunted empathy. It was no Tomax and Xamot thing, but I was invested in emotional twists and turns. Perhaps that lead to some frustration, the depth of the connection.

I have it with my wife, though not exactly the same. It is beautiful in its own way and she allows for my heart to take the paths it needs to follow (I need to give my gloves away to the homeless whenever I see them gloveless) and also when I am entering moron empath territory (I think I should help resolve so and so’s domestic issues).

I feel it serves me well in my job, though it is obviously limited by legalities. Plenty of times they can see in my eyes that I care, but they need to do right to resolve the issue. When they don’t I am still pressing my calmness toward them.

I think it has its challenges. After much thought I believe my uncanny knack for saying the absolute wrong thing to someone without knowing it would be an issue. I will edit an example in later, though I do believe it is related, at least.

For the longest time I was flustered by others inability to share. It comes natural from growing up sharing everything, just about.

I was pondering all this today and happened upon Alanis Morrisette’s post on Facebook that her power word is empathy. She lamented its demise, as it is surely related to our move toward unbridled self importance. I imagine on the whole history will not be kind to this period.

Let’s start caring fully for those around us. I feel this way:

Many people need desperately to receive this message: ‘I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone. – KV


Posted by on 09/18/2014 in Dirt


2 responses to “You, you oughta know!

  1. Upāsaka

    09/18/2014 at 6:49 AM

    Without empathy the world is a cold, desolate place. Good post Jon!

    • jonkot

      09/20/2014 at 11:12 AM

      Thanks, Mike.


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