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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Daily

I blame my weight gain on scotch and the fact that they don’t put the calories on the bottle. If they don’t print it, it doesn’t exist.

Cheese grits at 10 pm probably doesn’t help either…

-OM

Throwback

Feels like a lifetime ago when I was in this photo.

The thing I remember the most about driving to Lackland was the bus ride to basic. Hearing people laughing and clapping till all that nonsense stopped suddenly with the opening of a bus door.

Then it felt like all we heard was shouting for weeks to come, as reality hit us quickly where we were and why we were there.

The main thing I miss about the military, sometimes, is that unforgettable feeling of being a part of a greater team. It’s something you have to live to experience and it’s unforgettable.

-OM

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