Growing Up With Empathy: Lessons learned from my KAD sister

Empathy is defined as the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions.

In today’s society, I find that we are all so wrapped up in our own little worlds that we are not always aware of another person’s struggles.  It is difficult for some to even consider how a person other than his/her self might feel in a given situation.  Take for example the image above, a quote from the movie Tropic Thunder, is meant to be humorous and funny but people forget the negative connotation behind such a term.

Without her even knowing, my sister, who is also a Korean adoptee, taught me so much about being empathetic.  Growing up, my siblings and I were all dealing with being different in our own ways.  We all felt the ridicule, at times, and the constant struggle to fit in with our peers was practically a full time job.  Looking Asian in a white world was like living with a sign on your forehead that you were an outsider; especially to other kids.

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My Sweet Pipes Life

The Sweet Pipes Life (TSPL) is all about living a life of gratitude, not letting the little things get you down, and living each day to the fullest.  I get my daily dose of reality check from my pups.  I see how they live their lives, each day, full of joy and exuberance.  They are never spiteful, manipulative or mean.  They love us unconditionally without judgment or malice, and they love each other through and through.  They are truly BFFs!

So without further ado, meet Sweet Pea (Sweetie for short)…

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and her best friend, sister, and partner in crime, Piper…

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Together, they enjoy playing with their toys, napping, eating treats, evening walks, exploring the yard and wrestling with each other, or as we refer to it, “they’re practicing their jiu jitsu moves” 🙂

They certainly have their routine down pat and if you stray from it they are quick to get you back on track.  They love breakfast time (the coveted wet dog food) and treat time the best and don’t expect them to  run to their kennel without a tasty morsel, as promised, awaiting their arrival.

Now, I know that life is not as simple as a dog’s life, especially two spoiled ones to boot; however, the pleasure one can receive from the little things in life can be just that…simple.

So to sum up, The Sweet Pipes Life (TSPL) is my outlet to share simple pleasures I may come across in my daily grind.  It could be anything as little as an inspirational quote, a good book, or a news clip to bigger things like life-altering realizations or even bigger revelations I may stumble upon…the sky’s the limit.

“We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.” 
              -Maya Angelou