#LinkYourLife Challenge: Day 27 –Hidden Skill: Empathy


Day 27: What is a hidden skill you possess?

After yesterday’s post I wanted to write procrastinating as a hidden skill since I’ve been able to go undetected for years by teachers, co-workers and even bosses. Sadly, I haven’t been able to fool my husband in that area.

I didn’t want to take the risk of sounding like a total slacker who just doesn’t do much all day. But I assure that I’m a hardworking human being, if I’m not procrastinating (which I do pretty well).

But to come up with another ‘skill’ was hard. I mean, there are a lot of things I’m good at but I can’t say that they are hidden per say. And the skills that are “hidden”, well I can’t say for sure that they are actual skills.

However, if I’m to throw something out there – something I believe I’m pretty good at, that I consider a skill and somewhat something I’m proud of, it would have to be my ability to understand and share the feelings of others. My ability to empathize with people.

I’m an emotional human being. Always have and always will be. But first impression when meeting me indicates that I’m quiet, perhaps shy and introverted. The latter may be true but I would also describe myself as an observer watching/noticing human behaviors and emotions. It’s something I’ve been doing ever since I was a young girl.

I believe that my life experiences, pain and struggles have taught me and developed empathy. I’ve been and still able to relate to a lot of things.

I guess, that’s one the main reasons I felt I couldn’t work at my previous jobs because there I was so up close and personal with different human behaviors, challenges and emotions that it got to me in the end. Put this ‘skill’ together with aspect of myself I’ve been struggling to accept then you have a recipe for self-destruction if not regulated.

Feeling sympathetic and sorry for someone is easy. But the ability to understand and share the feelings of another takes effort, respect and compassion.

We’re all humans – after all

However, I’m not perfect – I’m capable of passing judgement and at times unfairness but I’m also capable of remorse and I have a sense of morality which is unimaginable without empathy.

Happy Saturday!




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