Tuesday, August 28, 2012

When the Image Sharpens

The first time I met one of my best friends, we argued. Since then, I've learned about his many fine qualities.

Some people - parents often fall into this category - are seen more clearly with distance. At the other end of the spectrum are those who require close proximity before we can get a sense of who they really are.

Historical figures are often hidden within the fog of reputation. Americans are taught from an early age about the greatness of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and yet, having studied them for years, I've concluded the hype is an understatement. Those two figures are greater than their reputations.

A similar situation can occur with less exalted figures. It is possible to work alongside people and not appreciate their qualities until later.

And here's a little secret: That same delayed appreciation may apply to ourselves.

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