“Does it hurt your feelings?” It was a simple question, and yet these five words taught me the gravity of choosing empathy,
Let me begin by saying that I have never, and will never, experience the inexcusable oppression that people of colour all around the world have experienced for years.
Sharing this story below is in no way an attempt to try and compare an experience I have had with the prejudice against all people of colour that has happened, and is sadly still happening today.
Instead, I want to highlight how this simple, yet profound conversation I had with a school girl has shaped my view on empathy and the significance of showing love to everybody at all times, not just some people when we feel like it.
As the ads started coming out with Valentine’s Day specials and the shops were filled with “the perfect gifts”, I began reflecting on what I have learnt about love over the years. Lessons that I have learnt through past and present relationships. Not just the dating kind, but all forms – friends, family, work colleagues and God.
This year has been filled with ups and downs. From multiple visits to the hospital and countless blood tests, to building my own business and graduating from university – 2018 has taught me a lot along the way.
What if I told you that you might be missing opportunities that have been specifically designed for you because you’re not walking away from the closed doors.
That’s a scary thought. The fact that there could be something better. It’s kinda comforting, but simultaneously a bit of a joke, right? Because how could there possibly be something better in store for you than what just got taken away from you?
Well, let me break it down for you! (Because each of the closed doors I have experienced led me to bigger and better opportunities, and you better believe God’s got the same plan for you!)
The whole term ‘influencer’ makes me feel weird. The first thing I think of is Kylie Jenner trying to sell me some lip kit thing that I really don’t care about and getting paid an unnecessarily large figure for posting a selfie. I mean seriously, most of us wouldn’t even get half that much in a week’s worth of pay.
With this negative concept of ‘influencers’ already engraved in my head, I couldn’t help but think, ‘well then, I don’t want to be one.’ But here’s something I have realised: we are all influencers, but we can choose how we use that.
The purpose of social media is to connect people, but is it actually doing a disservice? Introducing Gen Lazy, where waiting for a better offer before committing to something is (unfortunately) the new normal.
It’s not often that you come across influencers who are using their platforms for good AND for God. But I’ve been lucky enough to find some absolute gems! Here are my top 12 Christian influencers you need to be following!
Patience and empathy are two things that come into play when you’re stuck behind a slow learner driver. But take away the sign that explicitly states the cause of your frustration and all sorts of empathy tends to disappear too.