exceptionally similar

Have you ever noticed how everybody filters the world through the latest book they’ve read, or how everything relates to what they are going through here and now? Several weeks ago I was talking to someone –barely more than a stranger– about my work/business. I told him a little bit about what I’m working on and the challenges it has. After a very brief pause he says, “Well you know it sounds like you’re in a similar situation to myself….” and then he rambles on about something of absolutely no relation to anything I just said.

Why is it that we are so quick to categorize everybody else, yet we always, without fail, manage to “fall between the lines” when it comes to categorzing ourselves? I’ve not read the book, but I am positively stuck on the title, “Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them.” Maybe it’s time we take our eyes off ourselves, and discover what other people can teach us.

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  1. I struggle with this so much! I really am a selfish human being. I like to relate to other people and if I can relate something in my life to what they’re saying, then it somehow makes me feel better about myself – when what I really need to do is just listen! Good reminder for me today (that’s the great thing about blogs…you wrote this over a year ago!).

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