May We Encourage Each Other

I saw this quote recently that really spoke to me. “Your journey is not the same as mine, and my journey is not yours, but if we meet on a certain path, may we encourage each other.” I think this is the epitome of empathy. Empathy isn’t about understanding or the ability to say, “I get it. I’ve been there, too.” It’s about being there for others even when we don’t understand what they’re going through. Empathy is meeting on a path that doesn’t look the exact same as someone else’s path, but still giving encouragment, a hug and saying, “That really sucks. I’m so sorry. I’m here for you. I love you.” I do think it’s possible, even when we are going through our own struggles. What a beautiful thing when two people on a rough, rocky, difficult road can embrace each other, wipe each other’s tears and be there for each other even though their rough, rocky, difficult roads aren’t the same.

Depression can make it hard to look at anything but yourself and your own struggles. I know because I have had depression and had a hard time thinking of anyone but myself and my own struggles. But as I continue to learn and grow I’m trying harder to look outside myself and see how I can be there for others. As I have done so my own depression has eased and I’ve found connection, which is one of the most important things in the world to me. I hope I can keep getting better at this. And I hope we can all pass others on our journey who will encourage us and whom we can encourage as well.

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4 thoughts on “May We Encourage Each Other

    • I think that too. But then I look at my own family members who have had depression and I’ve never once felt that they were disappointing me or letting me down. It’s probably just a thinking error everyone with depression has. Of course it’s easier said than done, but I think we need to show ourselves compassion and have empathy for ourselves too. That way we can have it for others too.

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  1. I am a big believer in that quote. I’ve always tried to show kindness and empathy to everyone I meet. I feel that everyone is doing their best to survive, and even a kind smile or word can make all the difference.
    I actually find it easier to do when I am depressed. I never want anyone to know & I’m usually very quiet. So I find that encouraging others makes them smile, and when I smile back, I can feel it kind of lighten me on the inside.

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