On my Day by Day Calendar by Gretchen Rubin, I read a great thought:
Photographer Edward Weston remarked, “A lifetime can well be spent correcting and improving one’s own faults without bothering about others.” What faults bother you most about yourself, and what faults bother you most about other people? Are these related?
Well. Yeah. Duh. What I hate specific stuff in other people is exactly what I hate in myself. I see it in other people and it’s glaring. I see it in myself and it’s loathing.
Negativity is an easy example. I see it other people. Bitch bitch bitch… about anything and everything and I hate it. I bite my own tongue to stop myself from whining. If I don’t have anything nice to say, I don’t say anything. That’s probably why I’ve been pretty silent on FB lately.
Another fault I see easily in other people is laziness. And it’s reflects on my own laziness. I think the cure to laziness is patience. Take the time to do things right and be patient with yourself and others, then you can complete the task the right way. Throwing away trash. Washing your own dishes. Making your bed. Brushing and flossing your teeth. These are easy things to skip because you’re lazy. But, add some patience to spend the extra few minutes to just do it. I find the accomplishment in the little things a bit satisfying.