Standing in Other People's Shoes
Well it’s new term in school and I have to say I am happy to be back. The summer holidays can get a bit boring at times. Remember I was getting teased at school because I live with my Nani? Well, most of the big children who said hurtful things last year have left and I guess the rest have realised that it’s normal for some children to live with relatives other than their mum or dad. Everyone seems much more MATURE, or grown-up. Once again, so many of you who read my blog gave me great advice about how to deal with bullies. Thank you!
When I read your blog advice, I realised how kind it is of you to think about my situation and to imagine how you would feel if you were me. It makes me think of another big word- EMPATHY. I learnt this word from a poster on the Go-Givers website that says, ‘Go-Givers seek to understand by standing in other people’s shoes.’
Having empathy, or being empathetic, is about imaging yourself in someone else’s shoes. If you gave me advice you were doing just that! I don’t mean you were actually wearing my shoes, that would be funny as I have big elephant shoes!! No, no, what I mean is you imagined yourself in my shoes. You pictured yourself in my situation. You imagined how I might feel.
Being empathetic isn’t always easy. Even adults can find it difficult! It allows you to look at a situation, problem or argument from someone else’s point of view. Next time you find yourself in a difficult situation, perhaps one that makes you annoyed or that seems unfair, try to imagine yourself in the other person’s shoes.
So these are my two big words for the new term: MATURE, making grown-up decisions, and EMPATHETIC, which is to stop and put yourself in someone else’s shoes. See if you can be more mature and empathetic during this new term. Good luck and let me know how you get on!