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Sympathy is Easy, but Empathy Changes Hearts (Monday Moment ep. 605)

John O’Leary shares an intimate story that illustrates the beauty of empathy on this Monday Moment segment.

“Sympathy is easy because it comes from a position of power. Empathy is getting down on your knees and looking someone else in the eye, and realizing that you could be them, and that all that separates you is luck.” -Dennis Lahane

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While on my knees next to my fallen dad several years ago, I thought of this quote.

Dad has been living with Parkinson’s disease for almost three decades. Over this time, he’s lost the ability to walk, drive and earn. It’s difficult for my dad to speak and lately, becoming more difficult to swallow.

And yet today, Dad, seated in his trusty wheelchair, is the perfect embodiment of the joy we all wish we possessed. Let me explain.