Here is a touching story on Empathy in Emotional Intelligence. It is the story of a little boy who saw things in a perspective that was different from many other young children of his age.
A farmer once painted a sign board advertising that he had puppies to sell. As he was driving the last nail into the board on the edge of his fence, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down to see a little boy, his eyes wide with expectancy and excitement.
Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.”
“Well,” said the farmer, “these puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”
The boy looked down for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. “I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?”
The farmer smiled. “Sure”, he said. And with that he let out a whistle, “Here, Dolly!” he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight.
As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared; this one was noticeably smaller. In a somewhat awkward manner the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up….
“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the awkward puppy.
The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.”
Upon hearing this, the little boy looked into the eyes of the farmer and stepped back from the fence. He reached down and began rolling up the sleeve of one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg that was attached to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands him.”
This story of empathy, an important aspect of Emotional Intelligence, should set us thinking. The seemingly trivial act of the young boy was selfless and very understanding. If the story continued, it would have been on the lines of many happy days for the little boy and the puppy.
With a little bit of empathy, it is possible to relate to others, understand and help them out. This adds value to the meaning of life. We get so much in return, happiness being the greatest return.