Today’s word is a stretch … I’m going to twist the definition to suit my purposes :-).
“A person who likes foreigners or things foreign.” Let’s morph that to mean: you like everyone else better than you like yourself.
I know, I know, that’s not what the word means; I’m just using it for inspiration.
Here’s where I’m going with this: we tend to hold ourselves accountable to much higher standards than we hold others. It’s fine for someone else to forget to pay their mortgage; but it’s not fine for us to do so: we’re disorganized and lazy. It’s fine for your co-worker to get a fact wrong during a presentation, as everyone makes mistakes; when we do the same, we’re stupid and didn’t plan ahead or research properly.
We make a lot of effort to be kind to others. We do not offer ourselves the same courtesy.
We should remain mindful that we are, in fact, human. Sure, we want to continue to grow and improve, and in order to do so, we must acknowledge our weaknesses. That does not mean, however, that we should beat ourselves up along the way.
What types of negative things do you associate with yourself that you would never associate with someone else?
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