It’s our honor to bring to you this week’s Reframe of Reference by Damon N. It’s a story of empathy and the lessons to be learned by putting yourself into someone else’s shoes. We want to thank Damon N. for sharing his story, and we hope it helps you give empathy to others and truly help understand what someone else might be going through. If you just changed your angle on things, you never know what can change for the better.
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When I was 10, my sister asked my parents for a dog, but I did not want one. However, my spoiled sister got her wish and a poodle name Ebby was brought home one day. My lousy sister never walked that dog once, and in rain, sleet or snow, I was out the door walking that dog, while my sister just played with her when she felt like it. When I went near my sister, the dog would growl at me and show her teeth. Needless to say, I didn’t like the dog and the dog definitely didn’t like me, up until the day she died 12 years later.
At the age of 10, I became the uncle to a a cute little poodle who missed her mom and siblings terribly. My sister was unable to take care of the dog due to her young age and I learned the valuable lesson of responsibility. In the process, I realized that the world doesn’t revolve around me and that I shouldn’t take out my bad moods on others, especially when Ebby didn’t do anything wrong in the first place. Ebby made my sister feel loved without any judgement and it’s always a constant reminder of how I should act towards my own children now. Ebby’s life influences me in a positive manner every day and for that I am eternally grateful.
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