Just For Today – Seeing ourselves in others

“It will not make us better people to judge the faults of another.” – Basic Text, p.38

How easy it is to point out the faults of others! There’s a reason for this: The defects we identify most easily in others are often the defects we are most familiar with in our own characters. We may notice our best friend’s tendency to spend too much money, but if we examine our own spending habits we’ll probably find the same compulsiveness. We may decide our sponsor is much too involved in service, but find that we haven’t spent a single weekend with our families in the past three months because of one service commitment or another.

What we dislike in our fellows are often those things we dislike most in ourselves. We can turn this observation to our spiritual advantage. When we are stricken with the impulse to judge someone else, we can redirect the impulse in such a way as to recognize our own defects more clearly. What we see will guide our actions toward recovery and help us become emotionally healthy and happy individuals.

Just for Today: I will look beyond the character defects of others and recognize my own.

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3 thoughts on “Just For Today – Seeing ourselves in others

  1. I can’t help but notice it’s been a while since you’ve posted a new squirrel picture. I hope things are going well for you…

    • psquirrel says:

      Thanks for the caring thoughts. =) You and Sharon really keep me going sometimes when I am feeling super down. I’ve had a hard time posting anything personal lately, but I’m still trying to keep up with my JFT posts, and only pass along the ones I really identify with.

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