“Why are things that are so easy for others so difficult for me.” It may not be a direct quote, but I heard this from a close friend a few months ago. It is a sentence that now stays in my mind. A lack of empathy is often a result of not understanding this truth.
Most of all us have a weakness for which this is true. It may be the ability to control our appetite, control alcohol consumption, or maintain a regular exercise routine. It may be anxiety in social situations or a fear of stores. It may be the ability to get an education or work a job with a regular schedule. It may be the ability to keep track of and manage finances. Those who are around us do not understand, asking “Why don’t you just….” They do not understand that thing that is easy for them is so difficult for others.
Understanding this is essential to living an empathetic life.