If you can help

You discovered
you can talk to animals
big cats, a jaguar
you can be yourself
without stutter.

You wanted to tell
other children
what you went through
a broken child,
misunderstood.

You wrote a book
to give them a voice
to express what’s inside them
pain, fear, sadness.
They didn’t have
to stutter or be afraid.

note: based on an article in NPR:
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/08/319420681/a-boy-and-his-jaguar-speak-to-children-who-feel-misunderstood

What is empathy?

“Empathy is the feeling that persons or objects arouse in us as projections of our feelings and thoughts. It is evident when ‘I and you’ becomes ‘I am you,’ or ‘I might be you.’

…Empathy helps us to know who we are and what we feel.

…Conversation helps to develop empathy, for it is here that we learn of shared experiences and feelings; ‘in empathy one discovers oneself in the object of contemplation.'”

…excerpts from Empathy and the Practice of Medicine

The link below tells very clearly what empathy is and more:

When Someone You Know Loses A Child

by LINTON WEEKS

December 19, 2012 4:05 PM

http://www.npr.org/2012/12/18/167518956/when-someone-you-know-loses-a-child