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August 10, 2010

Parts Per Person

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 7:41 am

The Grasshopper has been on vacation and hasn’t visited for awhile. I heard his familiar chirping this morning and here’s what he said:

“What I know about you reveals a lot about me.”

What you know about someone is recognized by the part of you that knows you have that quality too.

It’s no secret that we have parts of us – like the part that wants to wring someone’s neck and the more peaceful part of us that passes on the opportunity.

When you recognize a trait in someone else, it’s the part of you that has that trait that does the recognizing.

You may not have that trait to the degree they do, but make no mistake it’s a part of you.

Having this recognition lets our judgements pass more quickly and has us act less superior than we deem ourselves to be.

Oftentimes, when someone vehemently denies they have a particular trait, you are witnessing what that person fears becoming.

Reminds me of a story . . .

My mother despised shopping in discount stores. She would say disparaging things about these places and the people who shopped there. One day I asked her where she thought this dislike came from. She said, “When I go into those stores, I feel poor.”

I should mention she was the oldest of a family of 12 sisters and brothers and that she lived through the Depression of the 1930’s. They had nothing. Part of her remembered that and feared that.

We are made up of many parts, and to deny them is to feed them. This fuels a sense a separation that makes us believe that another is nothing like us when, in fact, we have lots of parts in common.

The next time you catch yourself judging and categorizing, (and we all do) just take a moment to notice what you are seeing in them is a part of you.

It’s a preaching worth practicing. The result is a humbler, more approachable you that becomes more than the sum of your parts.

 

All the best,

John

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