Posts Tagged ‘Compassion’

Maybe There’s Hope For Me Yet

April 21, 2020

Put simply, compassion isn’t my strongest trait.  I try, but all too frequently feelings like “they should have known better” or “they brought that on themselves” threaten to crowd out my empathy, but lately . . . on occasion, at least . . . I find myself thinking, “I know you’re hurting, but what you’re doing is only going to make it worse, not better.”

I’m Really Going To Miss Their Work Though

October 16, 2019

Regardless, the particular reason my mood was pensive on Monday was because on Monday I found out someone whose work I used to follow had suffered the latest in a series of personal tragedies.   (Details were kept deliberately vague, but I managed to find out enough to conclude the announcement was genuine.)  I wasn’t close to this person (I hadn’t even followed their work in over a year, nor did I know of any of the hardships that had led up to the latest event), and I only found out about the situation indirectly.

Understandably so, this person’s work had been suffering for quite a while now due to said series of hardships, and there had also been some instances of them lashing out at their fan base after being criticized or called out (rightly or wrongly so) over something.  Stress can do that to a person, but apparently all of this culminated in them not only announcing they were no longer going to be producing any further work, but them pulling their entire body of previously published work out of public circulation.

I’m not going to lie.  This seems . . .  extreme to me, and I can certainly understand the feelings behind the criticism from their fan base this action has generated.  I’d like to think that I’d never do such a thing, but I can imagine hypothetical scenarios (however far-fetched) where I’d at least consider it, so . . .

I’m just going to go with compassion on this one, and wish them luck and hope that things someday get better for them.