The most difficult among us are the most rewarding. It goes for friendships, employees, students, children, and probably every romance.
Diamonds come in the rough and only those with insight recognize them. Anyone can appreciate a diamond once it has been cut to shape, but those who treasure diamonds in the rough stand to earn the greatest reward.
Diamonds are difficult. Not only are they hard and rare, rather than being scratched they often do the scratching. While everyone likes to adorn a diamond, only the most patient, strong, and skilled hands can help them ascend to their full potential. · · · →
It is easy to think that nothing means something. When our priorities zero-in on “seeing God in coincidences” and “the wonderful work of our leaders” or “terrible, destructive schemes” to move us all to the moon as Martian slaves—we miss the problems right under our noses.
We are surrounded by fakes and phonies all across our social circles. People we feel guilty about thinking less of, who aren’t as good at normal stuff most people are—they are the ones who don’t disclose even half of their secret lives.
Don’t worry about “sneaks”, just keep sharp about what matters. · · · →
Isn’t it a great thing when your childhood friends learn a technical skill that you could never understand—and you learn another technical skill that they could never understand.
The concept of “mutual non-understandability” seeds the source of respect.
How many people fight because they think their ideas are better than everyone else’s! Everyone’s an expert referee at a sports game—the ref isn’t there because he’s smart, he’s just the idiot in charge. We treat each other that way.
No one can fully understand a fellow human; advanced, specialized knowledge helps us to realize that just a little more. · · · →
When someone finds something good, let them be and do not take it from them. Don’t be the police of which good things other people should be enthralled with.
If someone has a genuine, harmless excitement about something you think isn’t so important, maybe you should think that person is more important than you do. Isn’t it good enough just that your neighbor is happy?
Be happy with those who are happy. Be with those who are sad. Keep relationships with people different from you. You might never know the difference you make or when you won’t see them again. · · · →