Last night I watched a program on the OWN channel that I had recorded from a few weeks ago. It was a “trading places” show – only with a very underweight young woman and a very overweight woman – forced together under a doctor’s supervision to “exchange” eating plans for one week.
It was very interesting – and these two women learned much about each other during the process. The underweight woman consuming about 4 times her usual calorie intake for one day – and the underweight on a near starvation diet of toast, tea and soup.
When the program began – the doctor explained that putting these two ladies together was actually going to help them both clearly see how they both regarded food in much the same way and had things in common because of that. One avoided and denied – the other used food as a comfort and an “inside hug” – both clearly not healthy approaches to the “fuel” that the body needs to survive and function correctly.
I got to thinking about this as I was watching this program. We have more in common with people who are different from us – than we even realize. If we stop and walk around in their body for a while – it would amaze and even shock us!
What can I learn from you today? What can I teach you? Today I want to stop and consider before I think anything about you. I want to allow myself to climb inside of you and walk around a little bit – and then hopefully – I too – will understand.
When was the last time you walked around in someone else’s shoes and really understood things from their point of view? Did your perception of them change? Were you amazed at the load they carried?