Life

One day I’ll drift away into the coming day. I’ll look back, try to look back, against the coming fray.

I hope to smile and send some hope as I fly about. Not to change the coming fate of foregone distant route.

I’ll try to send a happy thought, a message of hope and love. To those I’ll miss and those I’ll watch as I hopefully go above.

And if instead the darkness comes at least I’ve seen the light. Of those I love and the ones I’ll miss, worth the loss of sight.

-OM

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A tear once given

I saw it from afar.

A shimmer like a star.

It caused something emotionally.

As if someone were close to me.

A building of regret.

Like a lake of summerset.

Glistening with drying words.

Waves of bitterness sworn.

As I walked upon that shore.

My feet seemed to drag more and more.

I finally realized this was living.

And these were tears, a tear once given.

-OM

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Empathy

Empathy isn’t sympathy necessarily. It’s the ability to recognize the presence of an emotional state even if you don’t understand why it’s present or what caused it. A society, a country, a world cannot grow closer together if the parts that create it don’t come to recognize what makes it. Empathy is a great beginning to making that growth start.

“That’s not my problem.”

“Those aren’t my people”

“Why should I care?”

These are the thoughts that counteract the very action required to start to care. We should care because we are human and in many cases if we can replace the object of scrutiny with our own image we might begin to see why it matters.

But that’s hard to do for various reasons. It’s not an easy thing to take ourselves out of our own comfort zone and to force ourselves to be uncomfortable for a second. Sometimes that second is all it takes to learn a little bit of empathy.

To realize sometimes what’s really important in the moment isn’t always about ourselves.

-Opinionated Man

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