EMPATHY FROM PAIN



“Wounding and healing are not opposites. They’re part of the same thing. It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others. It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people. It is our loneliness that helps us to to find other people or to even know they’re alone with an illness. I think I have served people perfectly with parts of myself I used to be ashamed of.”

– Rachel Naomi Remen


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Posted on December 15, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wounding and healing are not opposites. They’re part of the same thing. It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others. It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people. It is our loneliness that helps us to to find other people or to even know they’re alone with an illness. I think I have served people perfectly with parts of myself I used to be ashamed of.”

    Dennis, I usually don’t comment on your post’s of great quotes, but this one is special. What a perfect example of the Truth. I see in this quote the imperfection of a human being which translates into humility.

    I meet so many people these days that have such a false sense of righteousness that they cant see past their own nose. People working so diligently to ‘make’ themselves ‘sin-less’ or ‘holy’ causes them to completely miss the point of being a follower of any faith. Added to the ‘self’ righteousness we put together lists of what is ‘right’ to do and what is ‘wrong’ to do, which puts a stigma on the ‘wrong’ things. I guess what I’m trying to say here is this. There are certain groups that believe that HIV is a curse from God. So, instead of working to comfort people who suffer from this horrible virus they just place blame on the person suffering because the “DID THE WRONG” thing so it’s their fault. It’s the old, you made your bed now lay in it theory. If we shake off the self righteousness we can actually look at our one short comings and limitations and empathize with others.
    When we wear the cloak of ‘holiness by self’ we not only cant help anyone by empathy, we are not even welcome to be a help because of our arrogance.
    I would say this it the key to what ails the ‘christian’ movement today, many think that because of their ‘GOD’ given freedom and righteousness they fair a little better than most. It does not matter what a person does or how they ‘act’. If you feel that you are a notch above another just because of your freely given gift your efforts are in vein and usually are easily noticeable by others. This perspective of thinking that one is a little better than another is the greatest sin committed in church-dom today.
    Sorry Bid D, did not mean to hi-jack your comment !
    PEACE

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