My lowest self says: "That person is acting like a total jerk!"

My slightly higher self says: "That person is acting like a total jerk right now only because he's going through a really hard time in life, and his parents never taught him how to behave better, and he might have some sort of mild mental illness, and also he has a drinking problem…so I should try to be more compassionate and generous toward sad, tragic, miserable people like that."

My even higher self says: "We are all just flawed and frightened human beings in an uncertain world, struggling to survive."

Then finally my VERY highest self says: "Lord, please help me stop acting like a total jerk."

…and that's when it finally stops being about the other person at all.

Have a beautiful Saturday, friends!

Aim high,

via Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook Wall