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Sara Gibbs @Sara_Rose_G
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I’ve been thinking about empathy and how we respond to people whose behaviour seems distressed or extreme. A very personal story but when my dad was in his last weeks, he wasn’t eating a lot anymore but he loved these fruit packs from the supermarket 1/
I’d go every day to the supermarket near the hospice to stock up. When I got there one day, there weren’t any on the shelf. I stopped one of the supermarket workers & asked. He said he didn’t think there were any left. I burst into tears. 2/
That must have looked so weird to him. I’d asked for a pack of fruit, he’d said no, I started sobbing uncontrollably. He must have been about 16/17 years old. He very calmly said “I’ll go and check out back” 3/
I waited, trying to keep calm but unable to stop crying & completely humiliated from my outburst. Two minutes later, he showed up with a big grin on his face carrying a huge crate of the fruit packs. 4/
You could tell that he knew he had done a kind thing & he was proud of it. He wasn’t judging me for crying, he was thrilled he got to make it better. Then he said he’d keep a few aside for me every morning. And he kept that promise. 5/
Anyway it’s always made me think twice when I see someone responding “irrationally” to something. There’s almost always something else going on behind the scenes & what that person needs is kindness, not an altercation or judgment. 6/
And wherever that kid is now, I hope he’s having a wonderful life. I doubt he’ll ever know how much that small act of kindness meant to me at that moment. 7/
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