This #EmpathyDay step into someone else's shoes by reading their stories #ReadforEmpathy
~this year's theme
In the U.K., June 10th is Empathy Day.
Some teachers, authors, and students make "Empathy Resolutions." Many of the ones I saw mentioned being better listeners. Some students said they would try not to judge books by their covers (literally or figuratively, I wonder?).
I thought delving into fear was a useful, fresh take on empathy:
A quote from Nikki Giovanni:
Writers don't write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don't. If you wrote from experience, you'd get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.
Lastly, a poem by Kim Stafford:
Curse of the Charmed Life
by Kim Stafford
Things pretty much worked out for you—
you have what you need, and if you need more,
you have people ready and able to provide.
Sure, someday your luck will run out,
you’ll be helpless, then gone, and your people
will gather in your honor.
There will be music, and tears. People will
embrace—for you. There will be an odd
buoyancy, a chatter of kind words, blessing.
But the curse of this charm is exile
from the unlucky, how gifts make you...
read the rest here
Carol's Corner has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Carol!