“If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Maybe at the very least, we learn a little more about the universe when we step outside our comfort zone, when we widen our circle. Better yet, to learn to give without expecting much in return, is a skill that all of us needs to cultivate. So any time one of my children is given an opportunity to work on empathy, I am happy to embrace it. Mr. M was given the opportunity to work at the Salvation Army. He thought he would try just one day – which turned into two, and then…well…he would honestly go everyday if he could!