One of the most important things we learn in our journey of Realizing Empathy is that our care can actually get in the way of effectively realizing our empathy.
Care is good, but as a fuel for realizing empathy, it often burns too quickly.
And once it burns out, what’s left are residues of bitterness, frustration, and resentment.
Appreciation is an alternative fuel for realizing empathy.
It is not an intuitive fuel to use.
It is also not as strong.
But it is powerful enough in most cases.
It is also more sustainable.
There are different fuels we can choose to use when realizing our empathy.
Let us choose appropriately.
p.s: My colleague Julia Dorbic was gracious enough to interview me on a related topic called Bringing Design to Human-Human Interactions.