The meaning of empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others.
The concept of paying it forward can be more than just anonymous generosity and the showing of empathy to those around you by getting to know and understand their circumstances and needs. This allows you to show up with genuine care and potentially a practical hand up.
For this extra mile, first you need to be aware of the people around you and then showing the heart to engage with them. It requires a giving of your time, heart and generosity.
I could think of no better time than at the end of a long and for some people a brutal lockdown for each of us to challenge ourselves to consider those around us. Get to know and understand how they might be feeling about the last 3 months in lockdown and then try to respond in a creative and loving way.
Ghandi once said “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. So I hope that you, like me, would appreciate a world that showed greater empathy for those around us who may have struggled through the last 3 months.