Saturday, February 20, 2010
7 Ideas for the Greater Good - Number THREE
3. Practice Empathy.
Trying to understand other people's emotions and experiences is vital to strong and healthy relationships.
In the last year, I have made an effort to practice empathy while driving. We tend to turn ugly and angry at someone who cuts us off, drives too slow, or seems to not be paying attention. It is frustrating, but I try to put myself in the driver's shoes. Of course, maybe they really are just a jerk, but probably it is a sleep-deprived mom with a screaming baby in the back (been there), or a trepidacious teenager learning to drive (been there too), or a nice grandma who is cautiously driving to the grocery store (will be there).