Never Be Ashamed
“Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.”
― Anthon St. Maarten
How many times have we, as highly sensitive people, found ourselves wanting to find a corner to hide in because our deep emotions of sadness and empathy cannot be neutralized just because others are watching us?
As an American expat living in a developing country, this is a frequent occurrence for me. I am deeply moved by poverty and its effects on those who are unable to climb out of their situation. Seeing the look of despair on the faces of small children and elderly adults who are surrounded by poverty, hunger, and utter helplessness is more than I can bear many times. I become emotionally overwhelmed. Even though I give these people what I can, I know it’s just a drop in the bucket of what they need.
I have simply quit trying to hide my emotions in these situations. I’ve learned in my 63 years that these emotions cannot be hidden or tamped down. I am who I am and what I am … a highly sensitive man who cares enough to shed some tears.
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