Before I put my pen to paper I pondered more deeply why Andrew might have caught my attention. What was that "something" that moved me to ask him for lunch that day? Why him? There were others in line at KFC.
I know I am an empath, a person whose senses are wide open all the time. I have a hard time settling down, letting go of sensory experiences. In fact, this blessing - curse of empathy works in so many ways. The double-edged sword allows me to intuit what my patients need as I work as a Certified Music Practitioner. And I am good at taking on the mood of a room or a person. I think I sensed that Andrew was carrying deep sadness, loneliness, likely depression. My desire to fix people, help out when I can, make the world a better place led me, as an extroverted empath, to reach out. Perhaps my own brokenness resonated with his. We had both lost spouses. It was difficult to ignore the coincidences that arose over our three hour lunch conversation. My empath-extrovert self was doing what came naturally.
Are you super sensitive? Can you resonate with anything that happens to me? You may want to read Dr. Judith Orloff, MD's book The Empath's Survival Guide, NYT bestseller and a life changer for me.
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