Think of an individual in your world who you perceive as a source of frustration, stress or even, at times, anger. Perhaps this person is a co-worker, family member or neighbor. The two of you seem worlds apart from where you stand in terms of choices, values, ambitions or your overall outlook on life. How do your interactions play out with this person? What physical and emotional reactions do you experience when in their presence and how do these reactions affect you?
Is this in line with how you want to live your life? If not, take a second, dig deep and try to uncover at least one thing you have in common...really! It's a stretch and your initial reaction may be "absolutely nothing!" Challenge yourself. Chances are you are able to find something within yourself that mirrors them. Once we are able to recognize common ground with others, it softens the edges, a level of compassion grows and life becomes that much easier. We are all connected.