When encouraging others, you have to look at the other person, listen to their concerns and discouragement, then objectively find a way to reach them to become motivated. When going through this process, it becomes easier to take an objective look at yourself and overcome your own obstacles.
It is great to become an expert at something, but even our expertise in one very specific area can benefit from working or thinking in different areas. It has been proven to expand our creativity and give the brain a break, and a workout of a different nature.
Rather than fight fire with fire, use water. When treated unintelligently by someone else, let’s say by rude or childish insults, we should respond intelligently, let’s say by not responding with similarly childish insults. I am a large person, 6′ 2″ and 220 lbs. I commute in a big city and used to be confused when opposing pedestrian traffic would take up more than their share of the walkway, heading right towards me, apparently bracing for a collision.
It could be a commentary on how blending in, or being one with your surroundings is heroic, or noble. It could just be an observation. Then we think, how does he hide himself in his own figure? Is he so large that he dominates the landscape? Is he so small that he disappears against the vast background?
This is very similar to the quote regarding being one with the ten thousand things. Looking within, and looking without, it is the same. Zooming in and zooming out, we see phenomena, chaos becomes ordered and mathematical, math becomes chaos. It is the same, it is not two different things, it is more like two sides to the same thing.