The Parts of Ourselves we Have Ignored for Lifetimes

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Family, loved ones and close associates will present us with the parts of ourselves that we have stumbled over, ignored and avoided for lifetimes. This is a great part of family's responsibility and can make them — at times — the most irritating of all associations, the most challenging of all relationships, but also the most important ones to learn from. It is as if everyone in your "grand-other" is a blank screen. We are projecting onto them — then receiving images back. Some events, instead of being a blank screen are like a black hole . . . no matter how much light you shine, it's absorbed and disappears. These are the most challenging of all relations . . . these are the hardest lessons to learn.

Create a meditative and contemplative routine on a daily, weekly, monthly basis — one that establishes consistently, emotionally and psychologically — a view of the "grand-other" as being you, a facet of you. This is the true relationship . . . this is a human being — being humane. It honors your highest self.