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Let's talk about empathy.

Here's the Dictionary.com definition of empathy:

"the psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the emotions, thoughts, or attitudes of another"

When we speak of empathy it's generally about putting yourself in another's shoes. We then take that thought and try to behave in a way that we would like to be treated. It's the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

Narcissists, however, have more of a "f*** you, I got mine" or "f*** you, I was here first" kind of attitude.

Now that we have a little background, here's a situation that I've never faced before. In fact, I'm actually surprised I've never faced it, but it was so perfectly executed this time that I felt compelled to mention it.

We're all familiar with the classic 'gas pumps sandwiching a small convenience store' setup. We all tend to stay to the left so the gas pump and hose will reach our cars. The benefit of this is at least sometimes you can go around a car getting gas and go on about your merry way.

This Sunday I encountered a woman who was parked perfectly in the middle, without even the faintest of thought toward anyone wanting to get gas, go inside the store or go around. Even better, she wasn't even there to get gas, she was inside shopping while I was blocked in. I'm not making assumptions here because I was also blocked in from behind and watched her come out of the store with a bag sucking on a soft drink, in no hurry to get anywhere.

All of this even brings to mind the classic shopping cart in the center of the aisle move. Seriously, cart or car, pick a side.

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