"Oh would some power the gift give us, To see ourselves as others see us."Robert Burns
Yesterday was a day so full of twists and turns that I awoke early today and couldn't get back to sleep with all the thoughts circling in my mind. I like to sort things out but some of these thoughts are unsortable.
It comes back to the quote above, the way people behave with a kind of tunnel vision, so self absorbed they don't see that they are sabotaging their own lives. Whenever I have thoughts like this I know it is time for some self reflection.
How do others see us? To be socially aware, one has to think that there is usually a grain of truth in the criticisms aimed at us. As painful as that may be, we won't grow as a person without addressing the criticism in some way. I suppose I should be thankful that I am over sensitive to criticism so it has kept any ego I might have had in check. Then again it isn't a good way to live, always cowering in fear of offending someone. Somehow there has to be a balance. We need to check ourselves every day against what others are saying or doing around us. There is always need for improvement and prayerful consideration of being more thoughtful of others.