Feel­ing the pain of oth­ers

South Burnett Times - - SOUTH BURNETT VOICE - Tessa Map­stone tessa.map­stone@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

SOME­TIMES telling sto­ries can be hard.

As a jour­nal­ist, I am ex­posed to the great news that comes out of our com­mu­nity, like school groups putting their hearts into a dance and win­ning, or the tough news like rates in­creases.

But I also have to tell the heart­break­ing sto­ries of peo­ple los­ing loved ones or fac­ing ter­mi­nal ill­ness.

It is im­pos­si­ble to be de­tached from the emo­tions peo­ple feel when they tell me their sto­ries.

But to hear those peo­ple say that telling me their story helped them cope with what they were go­ing through makes it all the more re­ward­ing.

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