I’m naturally an introvert. I recharge by being alone. I don’t mind being in groups but it zaps my mental and emotional energy so on days when I have to have a lot of social interaction it takes a lot out of me.
It’s days like those that I get extra frustrated when people try to hijack your priorities with their own. I don’t know if this is worse today than it used to be because of our self-centeredness, but people are quick to try to force their agendas on others. It’s not that they do it on purpose, it happens because we don’t empathize with others.
Empathy isn’t what people make it out to be. It’s not that you feel sorry for others it’s that you think about things through the other person’s perspective. We don’t do that often enough. When we go into a situation we always think about what we want not what’s appropriate for the situation. We often want people to drop what they are doing (or thinking) to do what we want, to focus on our needs.
When I get annoyed with people trying to hijack my time I often remember how amazing my mom is. You see, I’m not sure she’s ever had a day that wasn’t hijacked and she drops everything, willingly, graciously, to take up other people’s priorities.
I have a slightly rough day with my time being hijacked and it doesn’t even compare to my mom’s average day! I’m baffled how she does it! I hope that one day I have the kindness and self-sacrifice that she does.
My mom exemplifies the famous quote from St. Francis, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” Her actions speak so much louder than words…and someday I hope mine do too.