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The “Other Person’s” Shoes

We often talk about walking in the other person’s shoes as a way of understanding where they are coming from and gaining empathy along the way. It’s one of those pat phrases that seems to make sense. Think about it though. Other peoples’ shoes may be too big or small for us; they may only have 1 foot; their feet may turn in or out in ways that cause discomfort for those who step into them; and so on.

How might we understand where the other person is coming from even when their shoes don’t fit us?

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