“We view others through the grid of our past experiences, feelings, and thoughts. Usually we convince ourselves that our perceptions of them are objective and disconnected to any of our own issues. Consider, however, approaching your life as if other people were mirroring back to you
important information. If you accept this premise, then each encounter reflects back to you an opportunity to explore your relationship to yourself and to learn. Assume for a moment that the qualities you admire in others – their strengths, abilities, and positive attributes – are
really characteristics you have already embraced within yourself. You can therefore allow them to illuminate more clearly your own feelings of self-worth.
Conversely, you can view the people you judge negatively as gifts, presented to show you what you are not accepting about yourself. Imagine that every time you are angered, hurt, or
irritated by another, you are actually being given the opportunity to heal past incidents of anger, hurt, or irritation. Perhaps viewing weakness in others is an opportunity to extend the loving arms of compassion to them; or it could be the perfect moment to heal the unconscious judgment you have secretly harbored against yourself.”
Chérie Carter-Scott in, “If Life Is A Game, These Are The Rules”
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