Friday, July 3, 2015
Trying to Figure People Out Part III
I swear I was going to finish this part last night in bed, but then Rascal plopped right down on my iPad and refused to move.
Oh well, better late than never ....
One day, my friend Sam was at the elevators of our building and happened to see an elderly woman who lives on his floor. She had told Sam a few days previously that she was had been having some health prolems and needed to go for tests. So, upon seeing the woman at the elevators, Sam asked how she was and she explained the tests came back and showed that she has cancer. With a smile, the woman told Sam that she wasn’t going to let it get her down and she was in good spirits. She then leaned over, touched his wheelchair, and said, “At least I’m not like you!”
What's wrong with people? Is empathy so rare a quality? Surely, the woman (elderly or not) could have considered for one second how her words could hurt and humiliate my friend. She did not. I believe that if only everybody just thought for a moment about how their words and actions could potentially physically or mentally cause someone pain.
As Ozzy Osborne once said, "We need to learn how to love and forget how to hate!"