Monday, April 19, 2010

The Purple People Eater In the Next Room

Last week was the 50th anniversary of the creation of SETI…the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Fifty years of listening to outer space with the hopes of finding intelligent life.

My first thought was, “there are people who are still looking for intelligent life in their own families or workplaces.”

I know, I know, it seems kinda cynical. But, I hear that sort of comment all the time in seminars.

Here’s the problem, though: Too many folks think the people they love and the people with whom they work are some kinds of aliens because “OTHER FOLKS DON’T THINK THE WAY I DO!”

Just because someone else does not look at life like you do does not make them a Purple People Eater….If you are under 50 you don’t have a clue about the song but that doesn’t matter…you get the point.

These other folks are people, too. You know that intellectually, but too often, you don’t know that emotionally. And, make no mistake about it, most people act on emotion and back it up with logic.

So, who are the aliens in your life?

If they landed on your planet tomorrow, how would you greet them in such a way that they could become friends?

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