Others’ Shoes

Most of us simply fail to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes. We know the old proverb “Do unto others, as you’d have them do unto you” but we only apply the concept one dimensionally. We’ve never actually been in the other person’s shoes, so we only do what we can easily imagine is best for us in our current state of reality, not consciously understanding that one day we may find ourself on the other side of the fence, then realizing that had we known what it felt like to be on the receiving end, our actions might have been modified accordingly, in the best interest of EVERYone involved. Most of us reason that we would want others to “be happy” and therefore justify all of our actions based on the idea that what makes us happy must be good. But we stop short, continuing to ignore the supporting actors. Being the star player is good, but those who never sit on the sidelines, could benefit from imagining what it would feel like to warm the bench for a living.

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