It Grips My Heart

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.”
― Charles Dickens

One of the most vivid memories I have as a child is my father laughing at me because a TV show, Lassie, had brought me to tears. I was 6 or 7 years old. This is when I realized that I was “different” than most people I knew. Certain things affected me … deeply.

Is it normal to cry when feeling compassion and empathy for others?

I noticed as a teenager that “excellence” was another trigger that caused me to cry … excellence in music, excellence in sports, excellence in art, excellence in effort and excellence in achievement.

Sometimes I cry tears of empathy or sadness; other times I cry tears of joy and happiness. My tears are the result of being highly reactive (sensitive) to the situations of people and events around me like:

  • Illness
  • Death
  • Racism
  • Callousness
  • Hatred
  • Inequality
  • Extraordinary acts of kindness
  • Humanity
  • Goodness

After surviving two serious medical conditions since 2017, I am even more sensitive now than any other time in my life. I realize that every human life has value and is worthy of respect, consideration and compassion. I think we need to make every day count by doing all we can to make a difference in the lives of those around us. A smile, a compliment, a word of encouragement or gratitude can make a huge difference in someone’s day. Being sensitive to the needs of others — and acting on that sensitivity — is what highly sensitive people do best.

This gift of being highly sensitive comes with an obligation to use it for good … for ourselves and for others in the way that suits us best. We weren’t given this gift to hide away. It was entrusted to us for our special sensitivities, skills and talents that only we possess. We have a unique purpose in life. Let’s fulfill that purpose. Our happiness and sense of purpose in life depends on it.

Are you a Highly Sensitive Person or Highly Sensitive Introvert? If yes, what sensitivity did you first notice in your life? Please share it in the comment section provided.

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Published by W. M. Brown

I am a retired U.S. expat living in Ecuador. I was a business owner for 32 years before retiring in 2012.

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