We all intuitively know that people aren’t always – or even usually – what they seem to be. Or, at least, not all that they seem to be. Still, as we go about living our lives, awareness of this knowledge is typically not at the forefront of our minds. Thus, when we come across a difficult person we don’t stop to think what they going through, their personal difficulties, and how it might influence the way they are acting or behaving.
Many years ago, my favorite philosopher (My Daddy) 🙂 wrote a two-sentence saying that became the overriding philosophy and motto of “The Academy of Physical & Social Development” – the gymnasium school he founded nearly 60 years ago.
“To have a body does not make one a man (or woman).
To have a child does not make one a parent.”
On the most basic level, this simply means that there is often a lot more to a person than what meets the eye.
Have you ever come across someone and thought, “He or she has no right or reason to act the way they do. After all, they have everything. They’ve got it made. And, yet, they seem to be as miserable as anyone else. Why is that?”
In the next article, we’ll continue along this line of thought.