For our launch post on the Path2Empathy blog I want to lay a foundation of what you will find here. First, we are real people. The P2E crew is group of women who like to have fun, explore, and push the limits in and out of our schools. We are wives and mothers, we are educators and adventures. We have traveled abroad and been stay-at-home-moms. We care about the future and want to see the simplicity of the ancient practice of empathy in our homes and schools.
Second, you will find imperfection. In a book I recently read, “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown, she encourages the reader to embrace not only the imperfection in themselves, but those around them. Isn’t that refreshing? The idea of embracing something imperfect in order to appreciate it for what it really is. No mask, no attempt to portray something we aren’t, no pressure to perform or be judged, just the the truth. The truth in this blog may be considering another's point of view, a misplaced comma, or wrong verb tense (because I’m not very good with grammar). Embracing the truth in someone else is the only way to really walk in their shoes. By not stressing over the imperfections in others, I am convinced we will discover the relational beauty, clarification, and adventure we are looking for.
Speaking of imperfect, my own Path2Empathy can be summed up with that one word. Not only do I find imperfections the glaring theme in my story, I can see the imperfections of Jennicca Mabe as the backbone to who, where, and what I embrace today. There was never a definitive moment when I chose the Path2Empathy, yet a combination of events both beautiful and tragic encouraged me to find it and start walking on it. Like many of you, my story is laced with humanity, but with grace from those around me and my faith, I’ve experienced love, hope, healing, and growth.
On this path I have undoubtedly hurt people and been hurt. This is why empathy is so important, because we have all made mistakes and want the grace and forgiveness of those we have wounded. Walking in someone else’s shoes takes courage and maturity and the ability to lay down bitterness no matter how much we have been hurt. By looking at the world through another perspective we find not only the joy of seeing our world grow, but a missing piece to healing. I want to walk in your shoes and invite you to walk in mine. This is the Path2Empathy...join me.
-Jennicca Mabe P2E Founder