I was talking with a friend the other day, about when we are under stress how we begin to express ourselves. During high levels of stress, adrenaline drives us to be task-focused and focused inward on our emotions. It’s harder for us to engage with others with empathy. And so it is harder for us to be patient with others when we are under high levels of stress.
It’s the nature of empathy is that it cannot be summoned urgently. It can be a slow horse, grown in quieter, more reflective moments.
This is where the fight or flight response works against us. Deadlines approach. We become increasingly anxious. Our patience with others around us erodes.
Urgency, and the stress it creates, and the effects of adrenaline, begin to erode valuable relationships around us. Maybe it is time to stop for a moment and take stock of what it is doing, not just to our bodies, but also to those important relationships in our lives.
So, take a moment to reflect upon where that has happened to you. What can you do to prevent this happening again?
And leave a comment below … It’s not urgent.