Like most of you I'm an avid reader. I'm hoping to re-connect with old friends, make new friends, and of course spread the love of reading and writing around to everyone!
In this book of essays, author Leslie Jamison explores empathy in all it's many forms - physically, emotionally; real, imagined. She does this with smart prose, philosophical questions, true to her life stories, and literary criticism of other essayists from Dideon and Agee, to Karr and Grealy.
I totally got sucked into this book after reading just a few pages, and I must admit here that through this book, I alluded time through reading. I also found myself highlighting A LOT, so I just wanted to share with you two of my most favorite quotes:
"Empathy means realizing no trauma has discrete edges.Trauma bleeds out of wounds and across boundaries."
"Empathy is a choice we make to pay attention, to extend ourselves."
I think that this book should be required reading for every person on this planet. I feel as society becomes more self absorbed we lose empathy towards each other and our struggles; which are basically the same for everyone, they just show up in different ways.
I choose to live life with an open heart and practice empathy on a daily basis. Please say that you will join me.