Sympathy, that feeling of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune, can be expressed in any number of ways as we go about our daily activities.
We might provide a consoling word to friends or relativies regarding issues touching their lives at present. To colleagues perhaps we nod and show concern for the tough day they are having.
Through our sympathy we offer connectivity with those around us and, on a wider scale, with all of humanity when our thoughts turn to folk affected by global disasters.
Depending on the setting, ‘a cup of tea and a good cry’ are oftentimes said to be beneficial. Just being heard or held even, having the presence of the pain acknowledged in some way, likewise can make those suffering feel less alone.
Whilst most of our actions are invariably measured by the results we achieve, few are so busy to deny some moments spent in providing sympathy when the need arises. And I imagine over the years others have been there for us on occasions too.
Certainly suffering cannot always be eased but, as the Dalai Lama noted, “If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.” Ignoring the existence of another’s suffering could possibly be viewed as adding to the hurt of an already upset person, no?
Next time I’ll be pondering Empathy. For now, if you’d like to share your thoughts on the issues raised here, please leave a comment below. In any case, thanks for connecting with me today.