"Moving forward in life is an eventual process. We must allow that process, and enable it in others with compassion, no matter how long it may take. We must understand that we are in no position to even begin understanding the lessons others will learn, nor can we lessen their pain along the way. But we can listen without being instructors. We can empathize without being saviors.
You see, as an empathic soul, you feel the struggle of others, but you also feel sympathy and want to help ease their lives, too. This response, however, tends to be based on ego more than anything. Sympathy and empathy are not the same. The idea that we must respond with our own diagnosis, that we are enlightened enough to ‘correct’ someone’s journey, misses the point of empathy. The day you discover this, you'll feel like you finally understand people. You learn what empathy truly is.
So when you offer advice on what others “should have” done, please remember, their experiences, too, are leading them on a journey of courage, far more valuable than the moment you perceive.
Surely, we walk different paths, but all roads, it seems, lead to this place. We'll meet there." ❤