Recently, I got yanked out of my real estate focused world with an email alerting me to the fact that my 12–year old god-daughter is struggling with anorexia. It is serious enough that she is in a care facility and came close to heart damage.
Who knows how things will turn out? Not me. I’m feeling very, very human. You know that most human of feelings – vulnerability.
I was out looking for some books to send to Alice today. What an experience that was. Going through the teen book section made me realize how out of touch I am with that world.
And when my thoughts moved in that orbit, I realized how important, and yet, challenging it can be to put ourselves in the other’s shoes.
My former wife taught me an important lesson – total is total. It does not matter how we get there, when we arrive, that big empty overwhelming hole is the same – total.
People are losing their homes, can you relate? The shock-treatment I just received leaves me in a much more empathetic state for all things human.
If you have friends or loved ones that suffer from emotional or compulsive eating disorders, I recommend the work of my friend Geneen Roth. It’s where I pointed Alice’s parents.