For All Empaths: A Message of Comfort & A Call to Courage During COVID-19
Entering into our eighth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is suffering. In the United States, we are not only fighting the virus, but we are also fighting one another. Our battle has played out in all aspects of our lives, dividing us even further. This is not a blog about who is right and who is wrong. This blog is drawing attention to how our current state of divisiveness is affecting a rather invisible but remarkably integral part of our population - empaths.
Empaths are individuals who feel deeply. They are highly sensitive to the feelings of others, especially those who need healing. Empaths connect easily with nature and are extremely aware of their surroundings. Although empaths enjoy solitude, strangers open up to them and others feel calmer in their presence. Empaths feel all pain, all around them.
Thus, navigating an environment which has grown increasing angry, chaotic, and intolerant is extremely challenging for empaths. However, they do not respond with anger. They do not become apathetic to it. They ache inside.
For all empaths (and those who care deeply), this is a message of comfort and a call to courage during COVID-19.
During the past eight months...
"We are in this together" has turned into "We are each on our own."
Never stop being there for others.
Loud voices of bullies have spread hatred and fear.
Use your quiet voice to show compassion and calm.
Everyday heroes, from all walks of life, have been largely forgotten.
Remember their service and honor them.
A stranger who is acting aggressively may be hurting.
Never be numbed by indifference. If it is safe, reach out and help.
Numbers and statistics capture the minds of most.
Remain mindful of the people, places, and things they represent.
Anger and angst appear to be winning the day.
Lean into decency and civility. Let your character reflect them.
And above all remember this...
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