What my four year old taught me about empathy.

Posted: August 13, 2015 in Personal Story
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 This morning I dropped my oldest daughter off at school. Just before we got there a little girl was being dropped off by her mother. As her mother left she got upset and started to cry. She dropped an open box of snacks and they spilled out. The teacher asked her to please pick up the snacks so they could be put in the snack box for the class. This is when Piper, my daughter, looked at her with this love and caring in her eyes and said “Would you like me to help you?”  She then started to help her clean them up.

This made me realize a couple of things. First I must be doing something right with my children. Second how do so many of us lose this caring for others as we grow. We walk through our lives and see other struggle but never offer to help or listen to them for a moment. How much would it mean to someone who is going through some kind of pain, even if only short term, to know that someone cares.

On the day I have decided that when I grow up I want to be like my daughter!  I want to be there to help some one pick up a mess. I want to do it willingly and with no judgement as to why they are in that mess to begin with. I hope she never loses that compassion and love for all people. Maybe she can change the world one person at a time.


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