There was once a man who moved into this new town. He bought a lovely place with a beautiful garden. On the first day that he arrived, people flocked to his new home and greeted him. He would respond with a warm smile each time. People would bring gifts, flowers, milk, food and wine to his house to get to know him better.
Well this man was pleasantly surprised at how much attention he got and so he would wait at his porch on most days to receive his guests. He hadn’t once stepped out of his house to visit other people because he thought that he needed to stay at home all the time just in case someone came by.
Gradually lesser and lesser people stopped by his house. He never wondered why. He just told himself that his new house is beautiful and there would be people that would bound to visit him. Soon it came to a point that only one person came each day; then each week; then each month.
One day no one stopped by anymore for every one has visited him before. He waited at his porch for days, weeks and months and finally he gave up and stayed in his house, minding his own business. Little did he know the town folk’s feelings towards him. Every one liked him at first until they realize that he will never visit their houses; he was too fond of his own.
Don’t be locked up in your home and see the world through your window. Many times, just simply visiting other people’s homes and seeing the sky out of their windows give you quite a different view! Let’s practice some empathy.