Empathy and vulnerability

We can’t begin being empathetic when another person arrives.

We have to already have made a space in our lives where empathy can thrive. And that means being open—truly open—to feeling emotions we may not want to feel.

It means allowing another’s experiences to gut us. It means ceding control.

Empathy begins with vulnerability.

And being vulnerable, especially in our work, is fucking terrifying.

Sara Watchter Boehner