I know, I know – ”Diamond in the rough? Really? I’ve never heard that one before.” But give me a chance to explain. As I sat pondering exactly what iEmpathize means to me, the phrase continually resurfaced in my mind’s eye. At first, I just couldn’t get past the triteness of the idea. And yet, the longer I dwelled on it, the more it became clear to me that a diamond in the rough is exactly what iEmpathize is – in more ways than one.
For one, iEmpathize and the people who make it what it is are, quite literally, a brilliant and precious gem found in the darkest and ugliest of places. Where will you find the empathizers? In the slums, the ghettos, the alleyways. You can find them with the poor, the broken, and the forgotten. And if you join them, you will see these people, these places – much like a dirty lump of coal under pressure – begin to transform, becoming something unbelievably valuable and beautiful. Men, women and children who were hopeless, lost and abused being empowered to be individuals capable of truly changing our world for the better.
Also like a diamond, iEmpathize is multifaceted. Their reach extends to every arena – the home, the workplace, the community. They are not solely in the business of redeeming that which has been damaged, nor do they deal only in combating the evils we see on the news every day (and those we don’t): They are fervently committed to preventing the damage from happening in the first place, replacing ignorance and apathy with understanding and empathy.
You might have gathered by now that I am a fan of iEmpathize. You would be correct. They are truly a model organization, spearheaded by some of the most incredibly humble, focused and effective people I have ever had the pleasure to know and work alongside. Their work is difficult, and not without trials, tribulation, even danger. And yet their mission, and even more so, the people they are serving – with whom you too can serve – are worth it. I promise you, if you are ready and willing to get your hands dirty, you’re going to find one heck of a diamond.