“Empathy will guide our programming and culture at all levels. We recognize that without empathy we cannot understand what type of care and encouragement to provide. A supportive work and program environment means possessing a desire to know and understand others.” (BCC Core Value Statement)
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It refers to the ability to relate to another person’s pain vicariously as if one has experienced that pain themselves. Empathy is different from sympathy because you put yourself in another person’s “shoes.”
Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.
-Daniel H. Pink
You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself. -John Steinbeck
Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant? -Henry David Thoreau
I want to interject a bit of humor here with this anonymous quote on empathy: Before you criticize someone … you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
Scriptures in the Judeo-Christian tradition call us to love our neighbors as our selves. In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus taught that our neighbor is anyone in need.
We work together as a BCC team to make a positive impact in our communities on behalf of children, youth and families.
Here is an inspirational word from Christian scriptures: So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already. -1 Thessalonians 5:11
Our small acts of positive living are making a difference! Always remember, you are not alone.
This was originally part of our 40 Days of Positive Actions activity, sponsored by BCC Spiritual Life Team.
A message from Reverend Stacey, BCC Chaplain and Director of Church and Community Engagement.
Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deed are the fruits.
-19th century rhyme
Our focus this week is on being kind to ourselves as well as to others.
I am reminded of this quote from the Dalai Lama:
“Be kind whenever possible.
It is always possible.”
We need to practice being kind at all times. Small acts of kindness make all the difference in our lives and in the lives of others.
In one of our houses in Baltimore, the youth are writing in on their “40 Days of Positive Actions” calendar the specific actions that they are taking each day. One example was that a youth shared a snack with another. It is inspiring to learn how our young people are making this practice meaningful in their daily lives. Thank you to all of our staff who are encouraging positive actions and modeling them.
There are many scriptures that make clear God’s desire for us to be kind to one another. God’s own kindness is our example.
Here are some verses from the Bible to illustrate:
Since God chose you to be the holy people whom God loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
-Colossians 3:12-13 (New Living Translation)
Be kind and loving to each other.
The Lord has told you what goodness is. This is what God wants from you: Be fair to other people. Love kindness and loyalty, and humbly obey your God.
Let us encourage one another to be kind to ourselves and to be kind to one another. We all deserve more kindness in our lives as well as the joy of showing kindness!
Hope we have a great week!