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Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
-- Washington Irving


Friday, January 27, 2023

A mirror

You are capable of behaviors you despise in others. Indeed, that is why you have such a fervent opinion about what they do, to prevent yourself from engaging in similar activities.

When you strongly disapprove of another person’s actions, still you can have a degree of understanding. Because it could be you.

Happily, you are also capable of engaging in the pursuits you most admire in others. Your identification and admiration can often lead to imitation, bringing benefit to all of life.

No matter how you feel about what others do, what you’re feeling is connection. That sense of connection has unimaginable value and is responsible for a significant portion of human progress.

It is both uplifting and sobering to be reminded of what you can be in every person you encounter. Pay attention, and you’ll learn how to balance humility with ambition, while developing deeper levels of empathy, understanding, and compassion.

Each person in your world holds a mirror up to you. Look, and learn, and find new ways to love what you see.

— Ralph Marston

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