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Stress Resiliency and Brain Agility through Sleep-Priorities-Passion-Empathy-Exercise-Diet Part IV

Mark Gorkin, MSW, LICSW, "The Stress Doc" ™, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is an acclaimed keynote and kickoff speaker as well as "Motivational Humorist ...Read More

This is a “diversity in unity” poem: each letter of the SPEED acronym has a somewhat different poetic style and structure yet provides a united pathway for stress resiliency and brain agility (for kids of all ages). If you missed the previous ones, you can check out the first one here (with links to the rest being added as a new one is published).

E is for Empathy

Preamble

With “empathy” or “sympathy”
Do you ponder and then sigh:
“Pretty much the same to me?”
Well let me break (down) any tie:

Parts vibrate sympathetically
The heart shares pain and passion.
The head mixes pity with sympathy
Empathy shows true compassion.

What about a French variation
On “superior” sympathy?
A romantic three-word vision:
Egalite, Fraternite & Empathie!

Sympathy you feel for
Empathy you feel with.
Sympathy picks one off the floor
Empathy shares the war-torn ditch.

Don’t just walk in another’s shoes
And pretend you are a cousin.
Empathy lets you sing their blues
And when pacing feel their bunions!

Empathy you must perceive
Your essence in the other.
Despite what all else believe
You know: “the stranger” is part brother!

Sensitive antennae
Pick up so much disarray.
One dark side of empathy
Please…don’t give yourself away!

When will you learn to ebb and flow?
Empathy attracts so much drama
Do know your limits…don’t limit your “No”s
And enjoy some savvy humor:

“E” is for the “Empathy”
Found in a caring shoulder.
But all give without take is a big mistake
For now you shoulder a boulder.

Find a stress buddy who knows TLC
Someone honest and self-aware –
One who gives “Tender Loving Criticism”
Yet also takes “Tough Loving Care!”

A final thought on empathy
Explode myths concerning gender.
Harness the power of “T n T” –
Let the “Tough” surge with the “Tender!”

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