Thursday, October 8, 2009
Have you ever met—in real life or online—someone who has very similar interests to your own?
Thanks to blogging, I've met someone like that, and I'm sure we'd like each other. His name is Alden Smith. We're the same age. Like me, he loves sailing, kayaking, and bicycling. He's invested his career educating young children. And he's interested in philosophy, psychology, and spirituality. When I found Alden's blog it felt like I'd found someone who's living almost the same life as mine, just in a different part of the world. Alden lives in New Zealand; I live in California.
Perhaps some day, Alden and I will have the opportunity to meet in real life. It would be quite a thrill.
But here's an odd thing to contemplate: I don't particularly appreciate in me the very same qualities I would so readily and naturally appreciate when I find them in someone else.
Isn't that odd?
I think it's a good exercise in self-appreciation to realize that you would really like yourself if you had the chance to make your acquaintance as a friend.
Take a minute and imagine that you could meet someone so very much like you.
Wouldn't you like them a whole lot? Yes, you would. So, give that gift to yourself: like yourself for being you.