Trumping Trauma with Empathy
by Marla and Jami
Jami and I and have been tracking the trauma that our culture is experiencing over the past couple of years. We see a significant increase in behavior associated with being overwhelmed. Frustration, anger, irritation and depression are the call words of the day. It does not have to be this way. You can experience joy no matter what’s happening around you!
There is more to hope for and live into because the same powerful flow of information that brings us the stress of the world can also bring the healing. We have more people on the planet than ever before, and it’s frickin’ stressful. Resources are getting tight. In the last eighty years the world has undergone a significant cultural change. We simply have not had much experience as a species processing so much information. And especially the hurt of so many people.
You probably can feel what I am talking about, or you know someone who is making your life more stressful because they are wrapped up in the drama of it all. Jami and I rarely argue or experience pain between us anymore, but the last couple of weeks have been rough. We’ve had to take a step back, breathe, journal, forgive, and come back together ready for a better conversation. And that’s okay… Resilience.
There really is a lot to be positive about. The fact that there are more angry people making noise and hurting others, is giving us the signal that we need to band together and support each other, not tear each other down. Developing empathy is the first step to making a difference in the world. To have more empathy for others without becoming too overwhelmed requires a new level of resilience; new because our parents and grandparents did not experience what we are experiencing. Here are four steps to releasing your fear and stress today:
Empathy will change the world on person at a time, one community at a time… Just do it!
P.S. If you want some help with fostering and growing empathy, contact us for your free Discovery Call.
Marla and Jami
Cofounders of JamiAndMarla.LOVE (fka Passion Provokers and Keller Coaching) Jami and Marla are proud to bring a new level of success to coupleships worldwide with their unique coaching, mentoring, and consulting process. Their blogs are not only informative for coupleships they are personal. For over 25 years they have been helping people create emotionally and physically intimate coupleships.
Ariel is a freelance blogger, web designer, and SEO consultant. She is 23 years young, married to her soulmate, and a proud “mother” to boxer Bruce and Yorkie Dexter. She focuses on writing content that is raw and relatable. (Info relevant at the time of writing, circa 2013-2015)