One thing I realized is that people, including me, are quick to point out the flaws of others. All the while, walking around as if the mirrors they gaze into have permanent filters blocking out the negative qualities they possess within themselves. I say, the flaws in others and the company you keep is a mirror many choose not to look into.
If your children disappoint you and you are not happy with their choices in life, look in the mirror…what qualities of yours are they reflecting? If your staff doesn’t cooperate, is change resistant and doesn’t work up to their potential…look in the mirror. They say the tone of the team starts at the top so what kind of leader are you? If your mate doesn’t fit your definition of perfect anymore and you can only focus on their less desirable attributes, think for a second – is there anything desirable about you they can focus on?
We should never be so shortsighted so as to think that it is only others that can bring out the worst in us. We have to be honest with ourselves and give pause to the fact that perhaps we are bringing out the worst in them. So whenever you feel the need to be critical or recommend someone else change…STOP!!! Look in your mirror, remove the filter and remember…what you see and don’t like in those around you might just be the reflection of who you really are. Every person, interaction, and transaction is a mirror. Make sure when you are done with that mirror, you don’t leave it dirty and/or broken.
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