Sunday, February 3, 2013

Empathy


In less than just a few weeks, Lupus has managed to challenge me and test me in ways I didn't know were possible.  I have had some physical challenges I did not expect.  I took a class this past week and from writing notes all week, my hand has not been working very well...very painful with lots of arthritis.  I have been trying to realize that this is my new normal, and to cut myself some slack. It's been hard.

But on a positive note, I've notice myself being kinder and less quick to judge.  I know from my own set-backs that everyone in life has something they are facing.  I found myself today at the supermarket being more patient when the person bagging my groceries clearly was trying their best, but finding challenges in a task I would have previously felt was simple enough for anyone to do quickly.  In many ways, I can relate now. People think I look fine (which I guess I do) and wouldn't understand how I am feeling physically unless they knew me.  Lupus might make me physically more weak at times, but it is making me a stronger and more empathetic person...and for that, I am blessed.




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