Sympathy or Empathy

My husband has had many floaters in his eyes and I am sorry to say I did not understand his frustration because I had never had them! I tried to have sympathy but until I recently developed a large floater in my right eye, I could not empathize with him! 

Sympathy is feeling compassion, sorrow, or pity for the hardships that another person encounters, while empathy is putting yourself in the shoes of another.  Many caregivers voice the thought that no one truly understands what they are going through on a daily or moment-by-moment basis.  They are 100% accurate!  The partial phrase “walk a mile in my shoes” is a must to fully understanding a caregiver’s life.  Whether we are able to feel sympathy or empathy, the point is to reach out and make yourself available to the caregiver.  Caregiving is a long, lonely and tiring journey.  What can we do to lighten that load this week?