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An Empathetic Heart

February 14, 2019

 

 

Empathy is defined as the action of understanding and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of another.

 

The world needs more empathy.

 

Everyone needs to know that they are not alone in their struggles. 

 

As Jeffrey R. Holland has stated,

 

“We may not be able to alter the journey, but we can make sure that no one walks it alone.”

 

This rarely means that we will be able to take the struggles from those we love.

 

It DOES mean that we can walk together with them and share the load.

 

Offer a listening ear, free from judgement.

 

A hand to hold.

 

An open heart. 

 

Isn’t that exactly what Christ has done for us?

 

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

 

As mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends, our days are so often spent in the service and caring of others.

 

Feeding.

 

Bathing.

 

Cleaning.

 

Counseling.

 

Shuttling.

 

Pleading.

 

And praying.

 

Because of this, self-care is so very important.

 

Can I make a plea for self-care?

 

I know I write about this a lot.

 

But there is a reason.

 

You need more of it in your life.

 

Put it at the TOP of your priority list.

 

When you take care of yourself you are better able to take care of others.

 

As Holland so eloquently puts it----

 

“No one is so strong that they do not ever feel fatigued or frustrated or recognize the need to care for themselves.”

 

Even Christ practiced self-care.

 

He was so tired that he slept through a storm on the Sea of Galilee.

 

A tempest so rough that His disciples were sure they would drown!

 

Either they all had a flair for the dramatic and the storm wasn't really rough at all,

 

Or Jesus was really, really tired.

 

Even the Savior of the World needed to slow down once in awhile and recharge.

 

Shouldn’t we do the same?

 

But how?

 

I believe that the best self-care doesn’t involve nail polish or a shopping spree (although those are both fun).

 

It involves taking time to take care of yourself.

 

With sleep.

 

Food that fuels your body well.

 

It involves making time for quiet introspection.

 

Thinking about your thinking.

 

Reading your scriptures.

 

Writing your thoughts on paper.

 

For me, in order for this type of self care to actually happen,

 

It must take place early in the morning.

 

It has become a favorite time of day for me.

 

I know that God is mindful of our burdens as well as the burdens we want to lift from those we love.

 

He will help us know how to help others as well as ourselves.

 

We just need to ask Him in prayer.

 

And isn't taking time to pray just one more wonderful way to take care of ourselves and others?

 

Inspiration for this post was found in this article by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. Read it, mama!

 

How will you take time to take care of yourself this week?

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