The things that we see in other people that make us nervous …

or angry …  or hopeful … or jealous …

are things that we are and that we do too.

You’re unique, but yet, you’re not.  We all experience very similar things at different times.

*Someone is driving bad.  So do you (at times, come on, admit it).

*Someone you see looks great, but they seem a little too cocky about it.  A little stuck up.  There’s a part of you that can look down on others too.

*Some people accomplish a lot, they’re heroes.  Selfless and giving.  You have the same capacity for helping others too.

*Someone is spacing out and not listening to you.  You do that too at times.

*OMG, they’re so cute!  You are cute!

*Someone close to you notices all your faults and points them out to you.  I’m sure you do that to people you’re close to as well.

*Someone is looking a little rough; a little unkempt.  How did you look when you just woke up this morning?*You notice someone who looks just perfect:  perfect body, perfect hair, perfect clothes.  You have looked that good to someone before too.

*The homeless man on the corner.  We’ve all lost jobs before or made bad decisions.  We all have ups and downs.

*You notice someone’s hair loss or wrinkles; that’s going to be you some day.

*Someone is bigger (or smaller) than you.  Everyone is bigger or smaller than someone else.

*Someone’s being loud when you’re trying to relax or concentrate.  Sometimes you’re loud too.

*If you’re crushingly depressed, someone else has been there too.  Make no mistake about it.

We are all a part of the same fabric.

We need each other – the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of all of us.  This is how we learn and grow.

Instead of judging, re-train your mental standpoint to just observing other people.  Appreciate who they are and what they do.  We have something to learn from everybody, even from the people we say we hate.

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