There is but one reality; that is true—but the two of you experience it in slightly different ways.
-The Cinder Spires by Jim Butcher
Based on your experiences, goals, and personality you will experience the world in a different way than all other people you meet. The difference might be really small or very big. But we all focus on, see, and remember different things. This will cause a lot of conflicts and frustrations. But it will also create amazing solutions, make us learn new things and see problems in a different way.
We often need the similarities to start collaborating and getting to know one another. Then we need the differences to creates something unique.
“There’s the opposite of love at first sight. There are people walking the earth that the moment you meet them, you want to punch them and keep punching them.”
– Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim
Some people we get along with directly and others we just want to punch the moment we meet them. The people you like and the people you don’t like are either really similar to you or your complete opposite.
I think it comes down to that we like people that remind us about our good traits, and we dislike the ones that remind us about our bad traits.
“Sometimes what goes without saying is best said anyway.”
– Iain M. Banks, The Hydrogen Sonata
One of the most common mistakes that I see other people do, and my self quite often as well: It is to end a meeting or a conversation without summing up what was decided upon. It might seem perfectly obvious to you, and it probably is perfectly obvious to all the other people there. The problem is that in many cases what is perfectly obvious might not be the same thing for everyone there.
“Trust is a lot to ask of someone.”
– Gail Carriger, Manners & Mutiny
It’s really interesting who we trust and who we don’t trust. We trust that complete strangers will not run us over with a car when we cross the road, but we don’t trust our co-workers to hand in their reports on time. We trust the company we work for to pay us every month, but not that they have good reasons for the strange decisions they make. We trust that the date stamp on milk is correct but we always check that the eggs are not broken in their carton.
What makes us trust some things and not others?
I know that when ye think o’ love you’re supposed to think of kissy faces and scented soap and hummin’ happy songs together, but there’s another vital part to it that people rarely admit to themselves: We want somebody to rescue us from other people. From talking to them, I mean, or from the burden of giving a damn about what they say. We don’t want to be polite and stifle our farts, now, do we? We want to let ’em rip and we want to be with someone who won’t care if we do, who will love us regardless and fart right back besides.
– Kevin Hearne, Staked
There is nothing else to add. The quote explains love perfectly! 🙂