On empathy

If struggle is being down in a hole,
empathy is not jumping into the hole
with someone who is struggling
and taking on their emotions,
or owning their struggle
as yours to fix.

If their issues become yours,
now you have two people
stuck in a hole.

Not helpful.

Boundaries are
important here.

We have to know
where we end
and others begin
if we really want
to show up with empathy.


Brené Brown


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