My belief is that there is a fine line between sympathy and empathy. Here’s an example; when I see someone new come in that is not doing well I don’t feel pity or sorrow for them but I do feel a sense of understanding and compassion for them. It’s important for me to realize that we are all fighting the same battle and regardless of my opinions of who they are they need help and by me showing compassion and empathy it also helps me. We have all done things in the past to hurt others none of us should judge. When I’m in connection with my higher power I am praying for him to work through me so I can be of the upmost help to others. When I see someone I may have not associated with prior to getting sober I try to remind myself they are just like me in regards to their alcohol and drug use.