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I Feel Empathy For Others When They Have Been Hurt

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    A Bridge Across the Pain.

    I remember one morning when I was three and sitting across the table from my father at breakfast, just he and I, when for no reason I could think of he looked straight at me and said with utter disdain in his voice, “You have the kind of face I just want to punch.&rdquo...
    Steffi97 Steffi97 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 19

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    I once was married 9 years to a drug addict

    alcoholic who blatantly refused help..I tried desperately to help him, until I heard this quote from a professional nurse. Swim for the shore or drown with him. I swam and lived, he stayed and drowned..I now know I would have most definitely drowned with him.
    cinnamonrose cinnamonrose 61-65, F 2 Responses Apr 20

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    Pottery

    I once visited a pottery-making shop. A guy, who was probably in his mid-50s, was showing us how a jar is made. He said you have to have the correct hand pressure to shape the clay. I was amazed as he slowly mold the clay into a beautiful jar with his gentle yet firm hands...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 2 Responses May 6, 2013

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    Things I Learned From A Lawyer Who Sold His Ferrari

    I just met Julian Mantle, a successful and smart American lawyer who had nothing in mind but work. One day, he suddenly fainted in the middle of the courtroom. When he woke up, his doctor gave him two options: give up being a lawyer or give up life. That was his wake up call. He...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Mar 31, 2013

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    This Is Really A Topic?

    Really , we have to sort out this one ? What are we a room full of sociopaths ?
    Suzi504 Suzi504 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 23, 2013

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    Handling Emotions (Either Sad Or Happy Ones)

    Usually people lose themselves in a strong emotion and become overwhelmed. That is not the way to handle emotion, because when that happens you are a victim of emotion. In order not to become a victim, breathe and retain your calm, and you will experience the insight that an...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 8, 2013

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    Listening

    Have I forgotten to learn from the people around me? In my quest for objectivity,am I closing myself off? Have I stopped listening? Any human being has the potential of being an enriching moment, or an empty gesture. It is our choice that makes the difference. I will try today to...
    berangere berangere 66-70, F 6 Responses Apr 22, 2013

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    A Ten Words Story

    Tragedy in our lives gives us the ability to communicate. SEAL, The Voice.
    berangere berangere 66-70, F Apr 13, 2013

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    Shocking And Personal

    I do feel the pain, emotional and mental. Another's fear or sadness.  Actually it can keep me awake even make me sick at heart. Being supportive of another helps them..it helps me to move forward and away. Eventually someone will connect with me and here we go again. Simply...
    wiseowl wiseowl 61-65, F 1 Response Mar 11, 2013

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    Be There

    You have to be there for people if you want them to be there for you. Even someone you dont know. Some times by helping some one you dont know, you end up making a great friend. So often people who have alot of family and friends take people for granted. If for no other reason...
    gumbone gumbone 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 4, 2013

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    Complex Human

    This is so true. How many of us have forgotten that the essence of life is to live in the present and not to worry too much about the past and the future? I mean, it is ok to think about the future and look back to your past. Our future and past guide us. But if we cling on them...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 19, 2013

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    Pain In Life

    An aging Zen master grew tired of his student complaining, and so, one morning, sent him for some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. "How does it taste?" the master...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 5, 2013

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    Compassion For Others.

    We all get hurt in some way or another... so we should look out for one another always. Love one another, care deeply for one another and make the world a better place.
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Apr 1, 2013

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    Why Love Hurts

    A facilitator once put a large white paper on the floor with handwritten curves lines (see photo). He then asked four people to stand on each side. “What do you see?” the facilitator asked. One participant said he could see an “M”. The second participant said she could...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Apr 23, 2013

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    Why Love Hurts (2)

    How do we avoid pain? First, we have to understand what true love is. Understanding love is not easy. It takes faith, maturity and acceptance. It took me 34 years to finally understand what love is. Because true love is not what most of us think it is. When you fall in love, you...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Apr 23, 2013

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    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Mar 10, 2013

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    A Fourteen Words Story

    Encouraging people to be positive is a very good thing, but only when appropriate.
    berangere berangere 66-70, F 1 Response Apr 27, 2013

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    I started crying at a book

    once in school Becuz I felt so bad that this person had to go through what they did....
    JustKeepSpinning JustKeepSpinning 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 20

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    Bring A Little Love.

    A saintly man was asked by his priest to go to a nearby town, and help the people there solve their many problems, and improve their lives. The man was afraid of the task. "I have so may weaknesses,such limited knowledge,"he said. "How can I help others?" The priest smiled...
    berangere berangere 66-70, F 1 Response Mar 31, 2013

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    Happiness

    Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.~ Sri Ramana Maharshi ~
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 28, 2013

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    Never Lose Heart!

      This song was brought to my attention by a very good friend on EP,it is an old and beautiful song that I just had to share,as it has so much meaning and truth in it and will comfort and console many as it consoled and comforted me.And that other song too,will I hope comfort...
    berangere berangere 66-70, F 1 Response Aug 8, 2013

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    Empathy ?

    Funny I saw this Group here and just a few days ago brought up the word Empathy with a virtual friend I have online. She did not really give a clear response but I she fully understood the concept of what I was saying based on our discussions but didn't open up on the subject...
    UkToday UkToday 36-40, M 2 Responses Jan 24, 2013

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    I Love This Song By Cold Play

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=glgcrst_nnM And I hope you love it too!
    berangere berangere 66-70, F 1 Response Mar 18, 2013

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    Power Of Time...

    When A Bird is Alive.. It Eats Worms.. When the Bird has Died.. Worms Eat it.. 1 Tree can be Made into a Million Matchsticks.. But only 1 Matchstick can BURN A Million TREES! Circumstances Can CHANGE at ANYTIME.. Don't DEVALUE or HURT Anyone in This LIFE.. YOU May be...
    Pm227 Pm227 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 9, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    I have always been their for people when they had nobody else. I wish I cld find a single male that is wanting a relationship than id be their for him no matter what . I never have...
    jazzyphay2 jazzyphay2 22-25, F Sep 7

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    Obviously I've been hurt many times.. but I'll never forget one of those times.. I still remember the pain as if it was yesterday.. I still feel the pain sometimes.. I used to be...
    Lily449 Lily449 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 1

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    I think the one thing I've always struggled with was my boyfriends forgetting my birthday 2 times in a row. We've been together for 3 years so it does hurt and it does make me feel...
    Anon2721 Anon2721 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 27

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    I have been, but the worst part is, that person/s doesn't even know they hurt you.
    gwenllian gwenllian 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    It's just plain hurtful. To be sweet and kind to someone, to show them intimacy and let it go a little further each time, while not being pushy about it all. To show understanding...
    MasqueradeWaltz MasqueradeWaltz 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 1

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    I woke up little furious... Some celebrity picture with no close get out, and the police (who kill for fun by the way) lose their lid to "take the action." I get abuse at home...
    Jaielll Jaielll 18-21, F Sep 1

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    Yes I've been hurt in the past, both physically and emotionally. I think everyone has. But I've learned that you can't carried that to the present
    cjohnson1983 cjohnson1983 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 4

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    Today I am hurting, and admit that I am now and again missing the person who put me in this position. I feel like I have tried to escape it, and have being doing well but when it...
    Sash9967 Sash9967 18-21, F Aug 29

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    Eyes that bleed poison, From times before, No ointment can stop, Oozing comes forth, Memories lost behind curtains of shame, Sometimes i wish i could forget everything, Even my...
    abracakyle abracakyle 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 19

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    I know what loss feels like, I know what it feels like to think love was wasted and swim in a sea of regrets and what if's, thinking what we could have done differently, maybe we...
    Shanti00 Shanti00 41-45, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I feel like I've been broken into millions and millions of pieces.... By far the worst time of my life and I feel like Im stuck in a terrible nightmare.
    Isntitironic Isntitironic 31-35, F 2 days ago

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    I truly felt I was loved but it turned out everything wasn't as it was painted to be. Hurts so much to think that person really cared about you when in reality she didn't . At this...
    YoungHeartedSoul YoungHeartedSoul 41-45, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I feel like ****. Just plain old ****. My dog is on his death bed. I've had that dog since I was five. I love him so much. Hang in there buddy.
    Hintin Hintin 13-15, M 1 Response Aug 27

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    I've only held one grudge and that's towards my mums brother and his son; my cousin. Although I was in the wrong I was happy to talk about the issue I realised they weren't the...
    heyitsabike heyitsabike 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 27

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    When It Comes To Love: Pain is Inevitable.
    Shanti00 Shanti00 41-45, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I wonder what I could have done that was so terrible... Was it something I said? How can you take a friendship and throw it away as if it were garbage? It wasn't about what...
    jojo2u jojo2u 46-50, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    "Violence does not always take visible form, and not all wounds gush blood." -Haruki Murakami
    Shygirl917 Shygirl917 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 19

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    I have to admit that holding a grudge is one of my faults. I acknowledge it and try to temper it but that adage of fool me once always seems to stick in my head.
    Nuovinzi Nuovinzi 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 27

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    I'm just lost. I want something to numb me and knock me out and make me forget everything. I need a friend. I need a brother. Sister. Mom. Dad. Someone to talk to.
    Jaielll Jaielll 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 27

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    If your having issues or your feeling Depressed or Suicidal Please Feel Free to Talk to me, I Will listen, I care.
    EilidhBentz EilidhBentz 13-15, F Sep 7

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    Forever and always i'll never let you down
    ActuallyGrace ActuallyGrace 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 7

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    She whisked her shoulder on mine to inform me to do her but I don't care.
    psycopower90 psycopower90 22-25, M Aug 23

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    I try to be nice to everyone and I didn't tell some random person how are you cause I'm going to sleep and I get called a freaking bitccchh like thanks! You know I'm not already...
    herthehurtone herthehurtone 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 28

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    For basically all of my life.Mostly because i keep everything bottled up inside.I know its not good for me but i have kept this bottle as a Safe mode for all of my life. Just...
    UndefinedMind29 UndefinedMind29 16-17, F Aug 19

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    I don't like that teachers do that with their students. I have been denied as a child and it was not good. They should be more lenient with allowing their students to use the...
    roselani2005 roselani2005 26-30, F Sep 1

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