Living in PG County, MD: Empathy - an under-rated emotion

Empathy - an under-rated emotion

Today on my flight to Houston a lady sat down next to me in the middle seat.  As soon as she sat down she began rifling through the magazines in the seat pocket.  I assumed she was getting ready to do some shopping. Instead she was frantically looking for the "throw up" bags that are usually there. 

My instant reaction was "great - if she's looking for this already - I'm going to be in for a long flight". 
I am also almost phobic in my reaction to "throw up".  I can handle most things but not that, so the idea that she could be sick on the flight was horrifying to me!
Only a few minutes into the flight she began to get sick.  As I was feeling sorry for myself for having the bad luck of sitting next to her I suddenly thought about how she must be feeling.  She kept apologizing profusely so I know she felt bad, she was likely embarrassed, and she was probably feeling like crap physically. 
Suddenly I realized that this poor woman was going through much worse than having to sit next to someone who was ill.  She was the someone who was ill. 
Maybe if we all could take a minute to empathize with each other we would be much more tolerant of human frailities. 

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Comment balloon 8 commentsDr. Stacey-Ann Baugh • January 16 2013 01:55PM


If we would walk in the shoes of those less fortunate than ourselves we would see the world in a different light.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 7 years ago

Some researchers claim that motion sickness occurs when the brain is overloaded with new signals that come from being in an unfamiliar setting.  Should you encounter this again, talk to the person and get their attention away from the problem.  I'm sure she appreciated your empathy.

Posted by Dee Mayers, San Gabriel Valley, CA over 7 years ago

Stacey Ann, Funny, I often think about that when folks are complaining about sitting in traffic due to an accident.  I take the time to say a prayer for those involved, the responders, and the understanding of those who are waitiing on those running late and am thankful that I am safe, sound and warm in my vehicle!

Maryland Mortgage Mama

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 7 years ago

Oh, by the travels and here's hoping for an uneventful flight home!

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 7 years ago

Stacey-Ann, wonderful message. Thanks for sharing with us something most us don't want to talk about much less experience on crowded flight.

Kudos to you for turning the situation around with positive spin.

Have a great day.


Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 7 years ago


Thank you for reminding us about being empathetic towards the feelings of our fellow man.  That was a good reminder for the day.  Thanks again for sharing.

Have another great day


Posted by Leander McClain, Cecil & Harford County Realtor over 7 years ago

Impactful Post - Very insightful on your part to have empathy.  I think I would have been puttign myself in her shoes too.  There was nothing she could do about being sick. 

Posted by Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc) over 7 years ago

Great message and I hope I would feel the same, although I would have probably gotten sick right along with her...there are some things that I do not react to well and you just named one of them!  Being in the confined space of an airplane seat would just make it that much worse.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) almost 6 years ago

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