How Our Difficult Times Help Us Empathize with Others
March 21, 2021

How Our Difficult Times Help Us Empathize with Others 

Powerfact: Our experiences not only build who we are, they help us connect with others in more meaningful ways.

By Real Estate Coach and Speaker Darryl Davis, CSP

I heard a great story the other day, and I wanted to share it with you because I think it’s a really powerful message. If you have ever had any challenge or difficulty in your life, (and let’s face it, most of us have had some sort of tough situation at some point), I am a firm believer that these difficulties are there for a reason. 

The Story 

In this story, there is a little boy who goes into a pet store to ask the owner, “Are you selling any puppies?” The owner looked down at this little boy and replied, “Yes we are. They’re $50.” So, the little boy thinks for a minute, then says, “Well, I only have $2.37.  Can I see your puppies?” The owner knew the boy couldn’t afford a puppy, but thought this situation was awfully cute, she and his assistant went back to bring the puppies out for the little boy. 

There’s nine of these puppies, and all of them are adorable and playful, but there’s one puppy in the back that wasn’t walking very well, and he was lagging behind all the other puppiesThis puppy caught the eye of the little boy, so the boy asked, “Why is that puppy walking funny?”  

The store owner explained that when this puppy was born, it didn’t have a good hip so it will always limp, and have trouble getting around. So, the boy said, “Oh, I have to buy that puppy!” The store owner shook his head and said, “No, no. I’ll just give you the puppy.”  

There’s Always More to the Story

The little boy was adamant. “I don’t want you to give it to me. That little puppy is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs, so I will pay full price. I’ll give you the $2.37 and then I’ll pay 50 cents a month until I pay it off.  

The store owner frowned, believing that puppy was the wrong choice for a little boy. “But this puppy will not run and play like the other ones. Maybe should get one of the other puppies instead.”  

The boy lifted up his pant leg to reveal his own crippled leg, wrapped in a brace. He said, “Well, I don’t run so well myself, so the little puppy will need someone who understands.” 

The Takeaway 

This story really made me think about our lives and my firm belief that we are put on this Earth together to help each other. Some of us have experienced tragedies and challenges that have affected us and changed the way we view ourselves and others. Like I said at the beginning, I believe that these things happen for a reason, and I think most often, the reason this challenge was given to us is so that we can empathize with others who are experiencing something similar and help make a difference in their lives.  

This is how we build a true sense of community with one another because a community is more than a bunch of houses, it’s a group of people going through life together. 

Ready, Set, Go! 

Are you ready to start taking things to the next level? Knowing your strengths and finding ways to delegate those things you are not so good at is important to having a life worth smiling about.  



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