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One of my teeth is moving behind another, and it may cost me $6,500 to fix. I’m also facing obstacles professionally and personally. Even if I resolve the six to eight problems I currently face, undoubtedly others will take their place. Everybody, everywhere, not just during tax season, but nearly all the time, has about six to eight significant problems.
They could be related to relationships, health, career, finances, or unresolved traumas and dramas. Undoubtedly, millions of accounting professionals are encountering some of the same problems that you are currently facing. Yet, it’s likely that everyone’s six to eight problems represent a distinct package—probably no one else, problem-for-problem, confronts exactly what you face at any given moment.
The Universality of Humanity
Often we are so steeped in our own problems that we fail to recognize that no one gets to skip along day-after-day without issues and challenges of vital personal concern. Everyone you meet is grappling with something.
The most successful, confident, and healthiest among us might be adept at conveying the image of a relatively problem-free life. Meanwhile, they are as concerned about their issues as you are with yours.
The ancient Greek philosopher Plato once said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Sometimes the battles of others are apparent to us; more often, such battles are not. Still, they do exist.
Everyone Has Issues
If you’ve ever attended a group therapy session, or a gathering where people focus on spirituality or self-growth topics, then you know firsthand that others you meet have issues much like yours.
With the above in mind, we can choose to be a bit kinder in our encounters. The driver who cut you off in traffic, or the store clerk who is short with you, are exhibiting manifestations of their problems. Everyone is fighting a battle, and some are fighting very hard battles. Our awareness of such allows us to stay better balanced, more empathetic, and ultimately more effective in the world.