#GratitudeJournal Day 30: This is the first wave of runners this morning. Today I’m thankful to have been a volunteer nurse in the medical tent at the marathon! So much fun and a great crew. Good to bond with my new coworkers. Also thankful for an awesome fall hike, good phone catchup with @zadrian10 and some reading to wind down the night. (at Denver’s Civic Center Park)

#GratitudeJournal Day 30: This is the first wave of runners this morning. Today I’m thankful to have been a volunteer nurse in the medical tent at the marathon! So much fun and a great crew. Good to bond with my new coworkers. Also thankful for an awesome fall hike, good phone catchup with @zadrian10 and some reading to wind down the night. (at Denver’s Civic Center Park)

In this sense, empathy isn’t just measured by checklist item 31 - voiced empathy for my situation/problem - but by every item that gauges how thoroughly my experience has been imagined. Empathy isn’t just remembering to say that must be really hard - it’s figuring out how to bring difficulty into the light so it can be seen at all. Empathy isn’t just listening, it’s asking the questions whose answers need to be listened to. Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination. Empathy requires knowing you know nothing. Empathy means acknowledging a horizon of context that extends perpetually beyond what you can see: an old woman’s gonorrhea is connected to her guilt is connected to her marriage is connected to her children is connected to the days when she was a child. All this is connected to her domestically stifled mother, in turn, and to her parents’ un-broken marriage; maybe everything traces its roots to her very first period, how it shamed and thrilled her.

Empathy means realizing no trauma has discrete edges. Trauma bleeds. Out of wounds and across boundaries. Sadness becomes a seizure. Empathy demands another kind of porousness in response.

The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison

#GratitudeJournal Day 29: Today I’m grateful for a nice lil’ hike with @jefftissue and seeing the CUTEST little kids decked out in their Halloween best at the nature center 👯💅 (at Lookout Mountain)

#GratitudeJournal Day 29: Today I’m grateful for a nice lil’ hike with @jefftissue and seeing the CUTEST little kids decked out in their Halloween best at the nature center 👯💅 (at Lookout Mountain)

#GratitudeJournal Day 28: Today I’m thankful for my Cardinals ⚾️ next year!

#GratitudeJournal Day 28: Today I’m thankful for my Cardinals ⚾️ next year!

#GratitudeJournal Day 27: #tbt to this gorgeous hike. Today I’m thankful for the Indian Peaks Wilderness - my happy place. Also thankful for the funniest patient I’ve ever had. Loved work today so much. (at Indian Peaks Wilderness)

#GratitudeJournal Day 27: #tbt to this gorgeous hike. Today I’m thankful for the Indian Peaks Wilderness - my happy place. Also thankful for the funniest patient I’ve ever had. Loved work today so much. (at Indian Peaks Wilderness)

#GratitudeJournal Day 26: Today I’m thankful for getting to bed early. And since I missed a weekend of hiking, I’m starting to get eager to get out there! (at Whiskey Creek Trail)

#GratitudeJournal Day 26: Today I’m thankful for getting to bed early. And since I missed a weekend of hiking, I’m starting to get eager to get out there! (at Whiskey Creek Trail)

#GratitudeJournal Day 25: Grateful for my first Voodoo Doughnuts! Amazing. Gotta be up in 5 hours. Kewl. (at Voodoo Doughnut Mile High)

#GratitudeJournal Day 25: Grateful for my first Voodoo Doughnuts! Amazing. Gotta be up in 5 hours. Kewl. (at Voodoo Doughnut Mile High)

#GratitudeJournal Day 24: Today I’m thankful for @rmj496. Thanks for driving part of my road trip back with me, and for being the BEST bud eva. See you for turkey day in Colorado! 👯 (at St. Francis Catholic Worker House)

#GratitudeJournal Day 24: Today I’m thankful for @rmj496. Thanks for driving part of my road trip back with me, and for being the BEST bud eva. See you for turkey day in Colorado! 👯 (at St. Francis Catholic Worker House)

#GratitudeJournal Day 24: Today I’m thankful for @rmj496. Thanks for driving part of my road trip back with me, and for being the BEST bud eva. See you for turkey day in Colorado! 👯 (at St. Francis Catholic Worker House)

#GratitudeJournal Day 24: Today I’m thankful for @rmj496. Thanks for driving part of my road trip back with me, and for being the BEST bud eva. See you for turkey day in Colorado! 👯 (at St. Francis Catholic Worker House)

#GratitudeJournal Day 23: Cardinals Postseason with @haminal, @birdvsplane and @garstbrooks 😭💕⚾️ (at Busch Stadium)

#GratitudeJournal Day 23: Cardinals Postseason with @haminal, @birdvsplane and @garstbrooks 😭💕⚾️ (at Busch Stadium)