What You See in Others

It seems there were two brothers who wanted to leave their home town and make their home in a new locality. The first brother went to another town to look it over. As he entered the town an old man sat near the roadside. He stopped and asked the man to describe the people of this town. The old man replied with a question. "What kind of people were in the town you left?" The young man answered, "They were hypocrites, selfish and unconcerned." "Well," said the old man, "that's what you will find here also." The young man went on to another town. The second brother came down the same road a few days later to the same town. He saw the same old man sitting by the roadside. He asked him to describe the people in this town. The old man again asked "What kind of people were in the town you left?" The young man answered, "They were kind, sympathetic and loving." "Well," said the old man, "that's the kind of people you will find here too. Welcome to our town."

The moral to this story is easy to see. What you see in others is a reflection of what is in yourself. We find what we look for. A critical mind will always find something to criticize. A loving heart will always find someone to love.