Our lives tend to revolve around our own stories and we tend to make those we encounter characters in that story. Make a conscious effort to meet each person not in your story, but in the present moment. See each person for who they are in that moment and then work from that to see them in their own story, not yours.
The Present Moment
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.