Empathy is the ability to comprehend someone else’s situation and feel their feelings without believing it is happening to you as well. Sympathy is to have had a similar experience and show acknowledgement of that understanding to another person. Compassion is the ability to demonstrate caring even if you do not really comprehend that situation. Co-dependency is when you believe that what is happening to another person is also happening to you, your actions about your life are determined by their issues. To Love First is to strive to understand how to be compassionate for another person’s situation while standing firmly in your own space. We have nothing to give those who are in trouble if we join their “chain of pain”. Be the best you can be and be happy, from that place of strength those who wish to have what you have will be uplifted and perhaps be willing to ask, “How do you do it?” Then, and only then can an answer truly have impact. It is then that the love for yourself can become the healing love for others.
“Today I will know that by living the best life I can I have more to give those who ask for help.”