Two (Of Three) Phrases That Help Make My Life Better

I would love to know if any one tried last week‘s phrase out and what your thoughts and reactions to it are!

Phrase 2:

Just like me.

I got this next practice from the book A Buddha Walks Into A Bar and I LOVE IT! Such an eye opener. buddha-bar

Have ever played that game with fortune cookies where you add “In bed” at the end of a fortune cookie reading? If you haven’t it goes something  like this, you read your fortune:  “A stranger will be delivering good news soon” for example. You just add “in bed” to the end of it. So it becomes “A stranger will be delivering good news soon…in bed!”

There is no reason behind this game.  Its just funny.

This week’s phrase “Just like me” works in a similar way except the purpose is a wee bit different.

Here is how it works:

As you are walking through a store (airport, busy area) you see some one just standing in the middle of the walkway, seemingly oblivious, blocking every one’s way.  You start thinking “UGH! I can’t believe they are blocking every one’s way! How can they be standing there not aware that they are completely blocking traffic! How rude!”.

tumblr_lrgow9XUCN1r32mneo1_500Now you add the “magical phrase” ‘just like me’.   It now becomes “”UGH! I can’t believe they are blocking every one’s way! How can they be standing there not aware that they are completely blocking traffic! How rude!…Just like me!

Not so funny but VERY eye opening. For me, adding that phrase helps to realize when I are judging others and how very alike I am to those I am judging. By adding ‘just like me’ to what ever judgements you are making, are you able to find examples of some time in your life when that has applied to you? While I might not be the ignorant traffic blocker at the moment, I am sure I can find times in my life where I have been that person.

I love the perspective this little phrase gives. It gives room for compassion. It is so easy to judge others. Often what we see in others (both positive and negative) is present in ourselves.  When we connect with that awareness, it is easy to see we are all humans doing the best we can at the time with what we have. It brings compassion and space.

Give it a whirl! Let me know what you think!

 

 

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