“He’s Holding Up A Mirror”

Why can’t everyone be like me?  Wouldn’t it be a better and more enriching world if all those folks I know acted like me?  We’d see eye-t0-eye easier, laugh a lot more and even sleep late on nothing Saturday mornings.

Alas, cloning hasn’t enabled this yet.  People are still themselves and I’m still myself in the midst of them.  It’s weird to me, though, how some of them I disagree with or feel uncomfortable around. If only they could be a little resembling of the one and only.

Perhaps my dream has come true as I am amazed how many people, with whom I have a rocky relationship represent or present themselves as some part of me!

Whether it’s the loud talking person or that quiet one, the one who thinks his work is the best or the lowly one who dutifully performs his work.  You get the idea.  He/she is me.

Take that person’s characteristics a part and you’ll find kernel after kernel of your own personality.  Amazing that we don’t care for those people when we cherish those same characteristics in ourselves.

If you need a New Year’s resolution and we all do whether we keep them or not, think of the person you feel uncomfortable with and reflectively take a part his/her characteristics.  I hope that you smile to yourself when you honestly realize that your dislikes of that person is the behavior you’ve been honing for years.

As your New Year’s homework begins, you will have addressed something in yourself you’ve been afraid to address and you also may have won a new friend.  Happy 2015.

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About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. He is associate pastor of partnering parishes, Christ King and St. Bernard parishes in Wauwatosa, WI.
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