Day 1645: Empathy

Empathy appears in


  1.  the imaginative projection of a subjective state into an object so that the object appears to be infused with it.
  2.  the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also, the capacity for this.
  • the actions of people I love, and
  • a license plate from New Hampshire.


Empathy appears in all those places, but not very much in the news lately.  Is it non-empathic of me to believe that most people in the news don’t seem to have the capacity for it?

Are any of my other photos from yesterday infused with empathy?

















If I were the Queen of Amazing Empathy, I wouldn’t have eaten all those mussels last night.

Alanis Morissette might be the Queen of Amazing Empathy.

I believe that gratitude is part of empathy, so thanks to all who contributed to today’s blog and — of course! — to you, for your empathy.



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30 thoughts on “Day 1645: Empathy

  1. Your empathy is one of your best qualities 🙂

  2. This meeting is bullshit applies to a date I just had. Having a pleasant time and he turns to me and says “You know theres a reason why …(named a few world leaders) have been to Antarctica recently?”, with a knowing look. I suddenly realized that all the empathy in the world could not rescue this conspiracy theory casualty Ouch!

  3. Where can I get a pair of those socks?! I need them so badly…

  4. Fun fun for a Monday morning. I empathize with all who have to go to work, for I too have to go to work! You bring a smile to my early morning face, though!

  5. I can relate, Ann.

  6. You are the Queen of Amazing!

  7. A new expression I hear quite a bit these days is “Can you feel me?” instead of “Do you understand?” I like it. I think it signals an awareness that it’s important to not just intellectually understand what another person is saying. We have to understand how others feel–we have to have empathy–to really help each other.

  8. Thanks for your empathy Ann!!!

  9. Very cool, to be able to say the meeting is bullshit without saying the meeting is bullshit!

  10. This meeting might be bullshit, but those socks are the bee’s knees.

  11. I think I chuckled one too many times during your empathy post. The socks and the tree plaque elicited emotions from me…..I guess I do feel empathy for the all the bullshit meeting goers (been there) and I’ve often been near a spot where something/one was admired…..

  12. You rock! Sorry to have lost touch, Ann –

  13. Love this post Ann 💕 it oozes with empathy, just like you 😊

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