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.