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Exercise #138

Exercise #138: Self Knowledge
Posted 12/16/05

So often in our busy lives, we forget there are other people around us. The person in the car ahead of us becomes an irritation, instead, or Suzie from two aisles down at work becomes merely an obstacle.

Have you ever caught yourself thinking one of these things?
     * “If only customers would quit calling, I could get some work done.”
     * “If only Pat would stop blocking the bathroom door, I could use the restroom.”
     * “If only Tracy would take her food out of the lunchroom microwave, I could eat.”
     * “If only those idiots would learn how to drive.”

How can we remember they are people, too? What tips do you have for reminding ourselves that those other people are also important, also have feelings, and also need to use the phone/bathroom/microwave/road?

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Why this is a self-knowledge exercise: This exercise is intended to remind us we’re not alone, and to teach us to see others for who they are, not for what problems they may be causing us.

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