Every single person we meet seems to hold within them a lost piece of ourselves.
I came across this idea a while ago and some days it really intrigues me and other days it really frustrates me. Let me say it again:
Every single person we meet holds within them a lost piece of ourselves.
Some people give you this lost piece of yourself freely without you even having to ask. These are the friendships that blossom from the start and grow deeper and broader with each encounter. These are the friends bold and brave enough to speak truth into your life. These are the loved ones who know your faults but keep reminding you of your greatness. These are the genuine ones, the real ones, the easy ones.
The reason they are easy is because the key that unlocks that lost piece of yourself you have been missing is LOVE. For your close friends and loved ones, it’s natural and easy. The love flows freely both directions and you help one another unlock lost pieces effortlessly.
For others, it feels like we have to hire a professional locksmith in order to get to that lost piece of ourselves they hold locked inside. But the mistake we sometimes make is we write someone off too soon. We forget that LOVE is the key to unlocking that lost piece of ourselves.
How many times in your life have you cast someone aside initially only to discover later that you really love and appreciate them? It’s so easy to mentally discard people from our lives.
Maybe they think or believe differently than us.
Maybe they are too liberal or too conservative.
Maybe they cheer for an opposing team.
Maybe they are related to your ex (or maybe they are your ex).
Maybe they cut us off on the highway, stole our parking spot, or forgot to shut their high beams off.
Maybe they are refereeing our child’s game or coaching the other team.
Maybe they subscribe to a different religion or no religion at all.
I want to tell you an important secret: No matter who that other person is, they hold within them a lost piece of yourself. You see, your opinion of them—and your reactions to them—are nothing more than your own projections of yourself.
I have struggled to learn this lesson time after time. I continually forget that my annoyances with the “other” are really undiscovered annoyances with myself. This is a tough pill to swallow when there’s someone I vehemently oppose or despise.
Relationships give us the greatest joy on earth and can cause the deepest sorrow we have ever experienced. There’s no greater example of this than going through a divorce or a serious breakup. Almost every ounce of our energy gets thrust into debasing the other person. We feel so violated and so distraught because the other person held within them the lost piece of ourselves, shared it with us for a while, and then we believe they withheld it again. They then turn into a bastard or a bitch because they knowingly withhold what they once gave freely. It’s their fault! All theirs! We tend to forget we’re also the bastard or bitch that withhold from them as well.
We also forget that LOVE is the key to unlocking that lost piece of ourselves—not hatred and dissonance.
How would your interactions change with friends, coworkers, family, strangers, acquaintances, and loved ones if you truly grasped this idea?
Every single person we meet holds within them a lost piece of ourselves—LOVE is the key that unlocks it.
Peace my Friends!