I invite you to embark with me on a journey into empathy.
Setting the Scene
Let’s set up a hypothetical situation. A young, professional woman works up until the week before her baby is due to be born. She loved her job—the work, the challenge, the camaraderie, the feeling of accomplishment and contribution to society—but now she is looking forward to starting her family.
Her baby is born healthy but develops colic during the second week home from the hospital. Mom has a hard time calming him, getting him to eat, and of course, getting him to sleep. After several days of catching only snatches of sleep herself, she is exhausted.
A Horrible Day
Today, nothing is going right. Mom has caught the stomach bug that’s been going around. She’s breastfeeding, so she doesn’t take any medication to make herself feel better because it might hurt her infant son. So far, she’s thrown up four times today.
- Her husband calls and says he has to work late
- A tearful call to her best friend at her former job resulted in a quick brush-off because the group was going out for happy hour
- She had just fallen asleep, when her baby’s scream-crying began again
Search your heart. Can you honestly say that you couldn’t possibly, for just an instant, lose your cool under such circumstances?
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