When empathy is denied

The pain.

The rising heat.

The sweat.

The anxiety.

The foolish feeling.

The shame washes over.

Worthless, failure, outcast, downbeat.

Shame is easy.

Shame scars deep.

This is how we feel when empathy is denied.

Empathy is hard, yet empathy nourishes.

This is how we feel when empathy is applied.

Loved, forgiven, understood, included, worthy, uplifted, better.