Some days, empathy is hard to come by. Thanks to working the 12 Steps (working my ass off on the 12 Steps, if I do say so myself) it's not many days, but some.
(And by the way, there is nothing especially laudable about working your ass off on the 12 Steps. In fact, I'm reminded of a saying attributed to Bill Wilson: 'Congratulating an alcoholic for not drinking is a little bit like praising a cowboy with hemorrhoids for staying off the horse.' Working hard on the 12 Steps is not heroic. It's pain reduction.)