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The Shift by Kimberly White

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12   Staying Shifted

WHY BEHAVIORAL RULES WON’T HELP US

The shift to seeing people as people does a lot of the work for us, in terms of erasing resentments and dissolving blame. But we are still “meaty, sweaty humans”1 with personalities and brains that aren’t necessarily the way we want them to be. We fail, we fall into old habits, we return to our self-absorption, where we get to feel more important than others and gloriously blameless. But that’s okay; that’s reality. When I see others truly as people, I see both that they are gorgeously rich in unexpected greatnesses and that they are riddled with weaknesses and failings and hobbled by fears and disappointments. I am the same; we all are. We are towering with greatness and sunken with flaws ...

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