Reading today from Anne Lamott – 12 Truths I Learned From Life and Writing, I paused at this: “everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared, even the people who seem to have it most together…, so try not to compare your insides to other people’s outsides.” This seems to dovetail so well with that quote I so like (which no one seems to know who to attribute it to): “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
It occurs to me that the latter quote is merely the second shoe dropping after the first quote/shoe. What separates us is not our brokenness, our clingy-ness, our scaredness, not the fact that we are fighting battles – no, we all experience that. What separates us is that we have different abilities and use varying resources to disguise those things going on inside us. That is, our rooms are of similar content, but our walls vary.