“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

A friend once said “People, you can’t live with them, and you can’t live without ‘em!”  People can be challenging and frustrating to work with and relate to. They are also a source of compassion, connection, and down-right fun in our lives. The world is full of amazing, committed, powerful, and sensitive people. The world is full of flawed, challenging, and troublesome people. It just so happens that they are the same people. Which ones are you focusing on?

The thing is we can’t see in others what we don’t have in ourselves. Often we project  unto others what we don’t want to see in ourselves. In this way, the people in our lives become a mirror in which we can more accurately see how we are feeling about ourselves. And as we change what we focus on in others, we will change the focus within ourselves, too!

Reflection: How are you experiencing the people in your life, in general. Are you finding yourself irritated by many folks or do you constantly run into the helpful sort? How is this a reflection of where you are right now?

Affirmation: Everyone I meet is a radiant child of the One Life. I shine my light and love by focusing on their light and inner beauty.