I'll be honest. There are a few people I wish would not show up at the holiday gatherings this year. You know the ones: they talk too much, complain too much, drink too much, laugh too loud, and they don't help with the dishes.
Dangit. It makes me want to avoid gatherings altogether and stay home and binge-watch Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel. 🤦♀️
The trouble with people is... they're just like me.
Ouch! That didn't feel good. (Hang in there, buttercup, it gets better.)
Just a little bit of empathy can go a very long way with people you're having difficulties with.
This exercise can be done with someone you barely know or with someone who triggers you left and right. It's a way to let go of assumptions and focus on what we have in common with others.
Just Like Me Exercise
Bring a person to mind. Focus on the center of your chest or put your hand on your chest, and mentally say to them:
Try it out!
You'll feel a lot better and that person you have difficulties with will feel better, too.
With joy, wonder, and pumpkin pie,
(Just Like Me Exercise adapted from Google's Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute)