We Become What We Give Attention To

“Focusing on one’s inadequacies exposes your own,” I exclaimed at the TV while watching one candidate sling dirt at another.

“Focusing on his faults exposes your own,” I mentally chanted as I sat across from a con-artist in the midst of a negotiation.

“Focusing on her weaknesses exposes your own,” I realized as I listened to a long-time friend unload the same problems yet again.

“Focusing on their deficiencies exposes your own,” I thought as a declined a lunch offer from the office gossip.

“Focusing on their failings exposes your own,” I calmly stated as a I coached my team through organizational battle.

“Focusing on her inadequacies exposes your own,” I attempted to believe after a brown-nosed peer frog-leaped over me into a cushy corner office.

“Focusing on their faults exposes your own,” I reminded myself as a morbidly overweight family unloaded a cart full of junk food onto the conveyor belt in front of us.

“Focusing on her deficiencies exposes your own,” I attempted to rationalize as my supervisor took credit for my efforts.

“Focusing on his inadequacies exposes your own,” I concluded as a beloved mentor crashed from a lofty pedestal.

“Focusing on her deficiencies exposes your own,” I assumed as an arrogant professional asked insignificant and inexperienced questions.


Focusing on their/his/her “shortcomings” exposes your own.  And we all have them. Replace “shortcoming” with “virtue” and the narrative changes.

Clearly, I’m still a novice at living this practice.  Fortunately, life continues to present opportunities to practice.

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